This Year It Will Be Different

This Year It Will Be Different

And Other Stories : A Christmas Treasury

Book - 1996
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Circle of Friends and The Glass Lake comes This Year It Will Be Different, a stunning new work that brings us the magic and spirit of Christmas in fifteen stories filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit, charm, and sheer storytelling genius. Instead of nostalgia, Binchy evokes contemporary life; instead of Christmas homilies, she offers truth; and instead of sugarplums, she brings us the nourishment of holidays that precipitate change, growth, and new beginnings.

In "A Typical Irish Christmas," a grieving New York widower heads for a holiday in Ireland and finds an unexpected destination not just for himself, but for a father and daughter at odds.  The title story "This Year It Will Be Different" also delves into the emotions of a person at mid-life--a woman with a complacent husband and grown children who are entering a season that can forever alter her life, and theirs.  In "Pulling Together," a teacher not yet out of her twenties sees her affair with a married man at a turning point as Christmas Eve approaches--and she may be off on a new direction with some unusual friends.  And in the delightful tale "The Hard Core," the four most recalcitrant residents of a nursing home are left alone at Christmas with the owner's daughter in charge: the result is sure to be disaster--or the kind of life-affirming renewal that only the spirit of the season can bring.

The stories in This Year It Will Be Different powerfully evoke many lives--step-families grappling with ex's, long-married couples faced with in-law problems, a wandering husband choosing between "the other woman" and his wife, a child caught in grown-up tugs-of-war--during the one holiday when feelings cannot be easily hidden. The time of year may be magical, imbued with meaning. But the situations are universal. And Maeve Binchy makes us care about them all. As the Philadelphia Inquirer noted, "Maeve Binchy's people come to life fully. They make you laugh and cry and disturb your sleep." They do precisely that in this extraordinary collection, on the night before Christmas when we are snug in our beds, or anywhere, any time of the year.

Baker & Taylor
From the best-selling author of Circle of Friends comes a Christmas anthology of powerful stories that reflect on the various ways in which the holidays serve as a catalyst to promote change, growth, and new beginnings. 200,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Instead of nostalgia, Binchy evokes contemporary life; instead of Christmas homilies, she offers truth; and instead of sugarplums, she brings us the nourishment of holidays that precipitate change, growth, and new beginnings.
The stories in This Year It Will Be Different powerfully evoke many lives - step-families grappling with exes, long-married couples faced with in-law problems, a wandering husband choosing between "the other woman" and his wife, a child caught in grown-up tugs-of-war - during the one holiday when feelings cannot be easily hidden.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents an anthology of Christmas stories reflecting on the various ways in which the holidays serve as a catalyst to promote change, growth, and new beginnings

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Pr., 1996
ISBN: 9780385315036
0385315031
Characteristics: 210 p. ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Christmas treasury

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readerpat
Dec 22, 2015

I always enjoy Maeve Binchy. This was a collection of Christmas stories which were easy reading. I prefer her novels.

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CrochetCat374
Dec 20, 2015

This collection is not your typical set of heartwarming Christmas stories, just as the description on the book's jacket flap says. Some of the stories are heartwarming, some are sad, and a few are simply quirky. However, I found that I liked this collection for its refreshing difference. The stories may not be sugarplum sweet or come with happy endings, but they're all realistic and some are relate-able. I would recommend this to someone looking for an untypical holiday read--or a Maeve Binchy fan.

GrammaS Nov 17, 2014

I really expected 'more' of Maeve Binchy ..... these stories were 'querky' and 'bizarre'. not warm, fuzzy, nice nice Christmas stories. Was disappointed.

flourgirl Sep 14, 2010

A different kind of Christmas tale, sometimes happy other times sad but always with an interesting look at the reality of people and families.

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