Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Return Journey and Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

I read both of these as ebooks from eReader. I didn't realize when I bought it that The Return Journey is a collection of short stories or vignettes. I prefer Binchy's novels—which are pretty vignette-y themselves—so it's no surprise that I enjoyed Whitethorn Woods more.

Good stuff from Whitethorn Woods:
. . . I watched my mam's life and was determined I would never settle for anything remotely like it. She cooked and washed and cleaned up around my dad and the boys every hour that she wasn't working cleaning office floors or washing greasy plates.

"I'm happy enough, Sharon," she would say if I questioned it. "I mean, I love him and we've got to remember that he didn't walk away when I was expecting you."

A lifetime of gratitude that he had acknowledged what was after all his child too. Twenty-four years of saying thank you and calling that love.

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