A Week in Summer: A Short Story

A Week in Summer: A Short Story

by Maeve Binchy

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After many happy years of marriage and raising a family, Brian and Kathleen suddenly find themselves a bit lost in life. Midwesterners who’ve never traveled, Kathleen decides that what she and Brian need is a vacation, and with the help of an enthusiastic travel agent she plans a trip to Ireland in search of her roots. In beautiful, quaint Lisdoonvarna, to the couple’s surprise, they find themselves in the midst of a joyous yearly gathering dedicated to celebrating the life and work of a late Irish poet, and they rediscover something much more important than evidence of long-dead ancestors: their love for each other and for life itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307957269
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 22
Sales rank: 102,682
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novel, Heart and Soul, in addition to Whitethorn Woods, Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She has written for Gourmet; O, The Oprah Magazine; Modern Maturity; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dalkey, Ireland.


Dublin, Ireland, and London, England

Date of Birth:

May 28, 1940

Place of Birth:

Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland


Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

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A Week in Summer 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 272 reviews.
Joel Baden More than 1 year ago
23 pages including intro..... It would have been nice to know this is a 10 minute read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would not recommend unless you don't know this offer and don't mind spending a dollar on something no longer than a magazine article. B&N needs to put the number of pages of each book in the description.
Lacretia Miles More than 1 year ago
The only reason it did not get 5 stars was for length of book. This was a fun, light read, typical Maeve storytelling!! I really wish she would make this a full length novel!! I love her style and have been a big fan for 20+ years and this is a great example of her work, leaves me wanting more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No reflection on Ms. Binchy, but BN really needs to let readers know if they are buying a short story or getting a great deal on a full length book! They sure seem to be capitalizing on this fact based on the amount of angry readers.
seldom More than 1 year ago
how to turn off a lover of Maeve Binchy in 10 minutes or less talk about a short story !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel ripped off!
GrammiePoet More than 1 year ago
I am a Maeve Binchy fan. Nothing she has written has ever disappointed me! One of the things I most enjoy about Binchy's work is the picture she presents of Ireland as it has changed in her lifetime. A Week in Summer is a short story of a couple's life changing vacation to Ireland. These are not Irish-Americans searching for their roots; they are simply a middle aged couple whose life has become perhaps too complacent. They take this vacation trip and, in 23 pages, become involved in the rich life of a small village, and rediscover themselves in the process. Binchy is a master of character description and development and as usual, she delivers.
Jim Laudenbach More than 1 year ago
Plus its only 99 cents. Enjoy! There are worse ways to spend your $1. Loved it!
PickleLC More than 1 year ago
I didn't understand I was purchasing a short story for $.99. I agree with other readers that this is too much money for 23 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a ripoff, this is a 23 page short story. By not identifying this as a short story Barnes & Noble are really taking advantage of their Nook owners. I'm souring fast on my Nook and will probably save it for vacations only, books are too expensive.
Judith Stannebein More than 1 year ago
Not worth the twenty minutes it takes to read
Nancy Borden More than 1 year ago
Should have noted this was only 23 pages....gooness that is not worth even .99 cents
Parthenia More than 1 year ago
I love Mrs. Binchy's books they are so realistic and heartwarming. This short story does not fail. Love and patience pulls this couple out of a depressing life in a very simple way. great read if you love stories with a personal touch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this little story. Of course, at 23 psges there wasn't that much there. But, all in all, I enjoyed it's light-heartedness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok, not up to her normal standards. But worth the .99.
luvs2readMR More than 1 year ago
For readers unsure about Maeve Binchy books as a short story, this is a great introduction to Ms. Binchy's style. As with all her other books and stories, this was a great read.
CK11 More than 1 year ago
Nice summer read but too short. I like Maeve Binchy and wish she had addded more to this book and delved into the characters; I wasn't that attached to the characters. Very predictable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maeve Binchey always takes me on a relaxing trip toIreland.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
even though surpriseingly short,i loved it would of liked a ending though
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