Maeve Binchy’s final book “A Week in Winter” published posthumously shows her at the height of her powers
Cahir O'Doherty reviews Maeve Binchy's last work
There's also a lovely awareness of the ways in which Irish life is reorganizing itself now in the shadow of the collapsed Celtic Tiger economy. To make her point Binchy introduces us to the bloated O'Haras, whose background in banking and finance comes replete with a sense of entitlement that makes you loathe them on sight.
It's hard not to imagine that she was commenting on the damage that such men did to the national fabric, or in her faith that the Irish people will eventually shrug off their damaging example.
“Life has changed radically in Ireland as elsewhere. Since the end of the Celtic Tiger it would be dishonest to write about a happy go lucky country any more,” Binchy told me last year.
“There are many worries, and concerns the economy and unemployment cast dark shadows on too many lives. Deep down the Irish did have a caring culture, it was once a place where we knew and valued the need to reach out to others either to help them or when we were in need ourselves.
“I believe the changed circumstances and the shared anxiety will help us to rediscover those qualities.”
A Week in Winter, published by Knopf, will be released on Tuesday, February 12.
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