“[An] irresistible invitation to share the lives of people who believe in enduring values.”—Detroit Free Press
It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, growing up, inseparable, in the village of Knockglen.
Benny—the only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parents. . . .
Eve—the orphaned offspring of a convent handyman and a rebellious blueblood, abandoned by her mother's wealthy family to be raised by nuns.
Eve and Benny—they knew the sins and secrets behind every villager's lace curtains . . . except their own.
It widened at Dublin, at the university where Benny and Eve met beautiful Nan Mahlon and Jack Foley, a doctor's handsome son. But heartbreak and betrayal would bring the worlds of Knockglen and Dublin into explosive collision. Long-hidden lies would emerge to test the meaning of love and the strength of ties held within the fragile gold bands of a. . . Circle Of Friends.
Praise for Circle of Friends
“A rare pleasure . . . at terrific tale, told by a master storyteller.”—Susan Isaacs, The New York Times Book Review
“Circle of Friends welcomes you in.”—The Washington Post
The charm of Binchy's novels ( Silver Wedding ; Light a Penny Candle ) lies in a seductive readability that draws one through hundreds of pages as surely as a mackerel at the end of a hooked line--contrived plot thickeners and stock characters notwithstanding. In this lengthy story of a friendship and love and loss, there are no lapses or lulls. Benny, plain daughter of a merchant, and Eve, a proud orphan raised by nuns, are close friends growing up in the Irish village of Knockglen in the 1950s. When they go to university in Dublin together, their loyalty is tested by the addition of others to their circle, most notably the beautiful, mysterious Nan, an ambitious young woman determined to rise above her working-class origins. While Nan seizes opportunities, friendships and romances are kindled and damped; ugly duckling Benny becomes a swan, and true love almost conquers all. Everybody has a colorful way with words, and if the prose is sometimes careless, this is still Irish storytelling at its contemporary best; small flaws are easily overlooked in a book that is itself so generous. BOMC featured selection.
I watched the movie when I was younger but couldn’t remember certain details. I originally searched for the movie but I’m so glad I found the book instead. It has consumed my time and I’m sad to have finished it so fast but I am so grateful to have found it. Definitely worth the purchase.
Adore this Book need the movie
I adore this book, when I read this book in the 9th grade in the hieght of heroin starvation look, I felt just like the main Character Benny, slightly chuby with wild curls that defied any attempt to contain the fluff. The feeling of being 2nd best to your prettier popular friend, and never deserving the attention of others. Benny's choices, her independece and desire to become something more than just what was expected of her was inspirational to me at that age. i Tunes when are you going to have the audio book available? Or for that matter the movie which was great and only marginaly different from the book. But in the end Benny's spirit and courage is the most amazing part of this book.
Loved this book!
This book leaves me wanting more! I love the way she writes! Her characters are so believable, it's easy to love or hate them. Thank you for a job well done!