Firefly Summer


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'FIREFLY SUMMER is warm, humorous, sad and happy. Reading it is a joy' Irish Independent In the summer of 1962, an American millionaire arrives in a small, sleepy Irish town with far-reaching consequences. For the children of the Ryan family, the long hot summers are usually spent playing in the ruins of a large, abandoned house. But when the American, Patrick O'Neill, buys the ruins, dreams are made and broken and secrets which should never be revealed are betrayed. Firefly Summer tells interlocking stories of love lost ...

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Mar 1, 2009

Firefly Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring, and beyond

Binchy's book about a quiet Irish town is so dense that it is hard to know where to begin talking about it. "Clocking in" at nearly 700 pages in the paperback edition, "Firefly Summer" leaves no character unexplored or plot device untested, and luckily this exhaustive attention to detail adds to the narrative rather than dragging it down.
The plot centers around Kate and John Ryan, owners of a small pub in Mountfern, Ireland. Their lives revolve around their four children as well as keeping their small business afloat, but when a rich Irish-American businessman buys up the ruins across the bridge with plans to open a new hotel, the Ryans know that of all the residents of Mountfern, they will be hit the hardest.
"Firefly Summer" takes a wide view of this small town and all its parts, painting its geography and inhabitants so thoroughly that by the end I felt I had been there.
While at times the length of the novel felt overwhelming, I enjoyed following the Ryan family through several years and all their attendant joys and sorrows.

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