Thirty-six short stories in one book filling up 390 pages are about lives of people living in Chestnut Street. This is fictional and is set in Ireland, the country of birth for Maeve Binchy.
These human lives and encounters were so varied and every story was so real as life itself. The good, the bad and the ugly of human interactions were laid bare for us to read. I felt all kinds of emotions and appreciate greatly that most of us lead a decent and uncomplicated lives. As an old sayings would tell us that everyone has an unspoken past. Some were difficult, some were unpleasant and we would rather want to forget them. At the end of it, we always harbour the hope that it would turn out alright. These stories by Maeve Binchy do just that and wanted us to carry on living.
Maeve Binchy, the celebrated writer passed away in 2012. This book was released by her husband Gordon Snell in 2014. Having read her two latest books, A Week in Winter and this Chestnut Street, I was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy her work. Maeve Binchy had many other fictions and I am sure one can derive many pleasurable hours reading her other works.