Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy

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With the insight, humor, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland.

Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing the underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on for a year. She has plenty on her plate already—two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her ex-husband—but she assembles a wonderfully diverse staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients.

Before long the clinic is established as an essential part of the community, and Clara must decide whether or not to leave a place where lives are saved, courage is rewarded, and humor and optimism triumph over greed and self-pity.

Heart and Soul is Maeve Binchy at her storytelling best.

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About Maeve Binchy

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Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novel, Whitethorn Woods, in addition to Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Circle of Friends, and Tara Road, which was an Oprah Book Club selection. She has written for Gourmet; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dalkey, Ireland, and London.
Published January 1, 2011 by Anchor,2011. Reprint Edition. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Dublin heart clinic, full of romantic and family crises in need of healing, provides the apt setting for Binchy's latest (Whitethorn Woods, 2007, etc.).

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Her insights, humor and unequalled ability as a storyteller have made Binchy one of today's most beloved and read novelists.

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Binchy's latest slice of Irish life centers on a Dublin medical clinic's doctors, staffers and patients.

Mar 16 2009 | Read Full Review of Heart and Soul

Bookmarks Magazine

How does your work within the discipline of short story writing contribute to your work within the novel genre?
MB: I like to concentrate on the bit part players, the supporting cast as well as the main characters, so it’s often interesting to pause and follow somebody home to a diff...

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If you have read previous novels by this author you will also enjoy catching up with characters you met earlier and once again visiting the restaurant Quentins, also a title of one of Maeve Binchy’s earlier novels.

Oct 19 2010 | Read Full Review of Heart and Soul

Red Room

This tale is all heart and appropriately it is set in a Dublin heart clinic.

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Jackson District Library

You do not have to read the prvious books to enjoy this one, but you will probably want to read them after you read Heat and Soul.

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