26 February, 2016
I'm enjoying the stories in Binchy's 1996 collection, This Year It Will Be Different and Other Stories. They are simple but straight forward with kind of "easy" endings, not epiphanic, but simplistic to the point that they are unbelievable. That being said, though, her characterizations are real and believable and she doesn't shy away from troubling personalities and raucous family members and for that these stories are especially fun. "If it wasn't anything she had done, then it must be something to do with the person she was." And this line, "Elsa's sisters had never liked Tim because he had small eyes." See!
07 August, 2010
Binchy didn't publish a novel until she was forty-two years old; although, she was a journalist and teacher before that.