Beloved author Maeve Binchy's first published novel, an engrossing coming of age tale about the incredible bond of friendship.To escape the chaos of London during World War II, young Elizabeth White is sent to live a safer life in the small Irish town of Kilgarret. It is there, in the crowded, chaotic O’Connor household, that she meet Aisling—a girl who soon becomes her very best friend, sharing her pet kitten and secretly teaching her the intricacies of Catholicism. Aisling’s boldness brings Elizabeth out of her proper shell; later, her support carries Elizabeth through the painful end of her parents’ chilly marriage. In return, Elizabeth’s friendship helps Aisling endure her own unsatisfying marriage to a raging alcoholic. Through the years, they come to believe they can overcome any conflict, conquer any hardship—as long as they have each other. Now they’re about to find out if they're right...“A sumptuous saga.”—Harper’s“Wonderful…a novel that could be mistaken for life.”—New York Daily News
As a child Elizabeth is sent from her war-torn, rather loveless home in London to stay with a big, boisterous family in a small town in Ireland. There she meets Aisling and begins what becomes a long-lasting friendship. Over the next 20 years, Aisling and Elizabeth's paths will cross and recross. As they face their loves, their marriages, and their disappointments, they realise that not all problems will be solved nor all wishes granted by lighting a penny candle.
Features two of Maeve Binchy's most popular books, Light a Penny Candle and The Lilac Bus.
Maeve Binchy tells wonderful stories that show that, although times change, people often remain the same: They fall in love, sometimes unsuitably; they have deep, long-standing friendships, and some that fall apart; and they have hopes and dreams. Books include: (1) Light A Penny Candle; (2) The Lilac Bus; (3) Echoes; (4) Firefly Summer; (5) The Silver Wedding; (6) Circle of Friends; (7) The Copper Beech; (8) The Glass Lake; (9) Evening Class; (10) Tara Road; (11) Scarlet Feather; (12) Quentins; (13) Nights of Rain and Stars; (14) Whitethorn Woods; (15) The Return Journey; (16) Heart and Soul; (17) Minding Frankie.
Maeve Binchy's first novel, which follows two girls growing up during and in the aftermath of World War II.
This study guide includes the following sections: Plot Summary, Chapter Summaries & Analysis, Characters, Objects/Places, Themes, Style, Quotes, and Topics for Discussion.