Maeve Binchy, born 1940 and passed from this world two days ago in 2012, was my favorite Irish writer. She wrote fiction set in rural Irish villages, and filled that fiction to the brim with characters of all types, realistic daily happenings that somehow never seemed boring, and some of the best dialogue writing I have ever read. When you read her books, you felt as if you were transported to that Irish town, and had suddenly become close personal friends with the characters by the intimate writing voice she used.
I didn’t always like her characters or the choices they made…sometimes they made bad decisions that I didn’t agree with. But they were always real. Binchy’s characters weren’t flimsy, stereotypical fabrications; they seemed like people you run into everyday. People making good and bad decisions, people making decisions that affect the rest of their lives one way or the other.
So thank you, Maeve Binchy, for giving me so many wonderful reading hours beside your stories. I enjoyed every one of them, and will enjoy many more when I re-read them. Slainte, Lisa