Growing up in a small seaside town in the 1950s, Clare O'Brien and David Power pray that their destiny will lead them faraway from the town in which they live. Years later, they meet again in Dublin, where David is studying medicine and Clare has won a scholarship to University College. This is a story of ambition, betrayal and love.
Growing up in a small seaside town in the 1950s, Clare O'Brien and David Power shout their hearts' desired into the echo cave, praying that their destiny will lead them faraway from the town in which they live. Years later, they meet again in Dublin, where David is studying medicine and Clare has won a scholarship to University College. But eventually, Castlebay will draw them back and it is against a backdrop of empty grey skies, sea-spray and wind that this drama of ambition, betrayal and love finally reaches it turbulent conclusion.
Maeve Binchy has a gimlet eye for the seething cauldron of emotions which lies beneath the surface of everyday life Irish Independent An adept storyteller with a sharp eye for social nuances and a pleasing affection for her characters Sunday Times A powerful story of love and jealousy Sunday Telegraph Compulsive reading... Ms Binchy has the true story-teller's knack Observer
Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin, and went to school at the Holy Child Convent in Killiney. She took a history degree at UCD and taught in various girls' schools, writing travel articles in the long summer holidays. In 1969 she joined the Irish Times and for many years she was based in London writing humorous columns from all over the world. She is the author of five collections of short stories as well as twelve novels including Circle of Friends, The Copper Beech, Tara Road, Evening Class and The Glass Lake. Maeve Binchy is married to the writer Gordon Snell and they live in Dalkey, Dublin.
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