Evening Class

Evening Class

Book - 1996
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Random House, Inc.
Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of readers with her spectacular national bestsellers Circle of Friends, The Glass Lake, and This Year It Will be Different. Now she dazzles us once again with a new novel that is filled with her signature warmth, wit, and unforgettable characters--a powerful, moving tale of ordinary men and women whose quiet lives hide the most unexpected things.

Aidan Dunne, a Dublin Latin teacher, always meant to go back to the Italy he visited as a youth. But as the years passed, he concentrated instead on the usual struggles of daily life, like vying for the job of headmaster at his school, keeping memories of Italy in the back corners of his mind. At forty-eight, emotionally distanced from his wife, baffled by his two grown daughters, Aidan Dunne might have given up entirely if it hadn't been for the evening class. His class. A class called Introduction to Italian. A class where people from every walk of life come together. A class where long-buried hopes come alive again.

The teacher is Signora, a vivacious, eccentric woman with an irrepressible nature and a buried past. Her real name is Nora O'Donoghue, a Dublin native who abandoned Ireland decades before to follow her mysterious lover to Italy. Having defied her parents' Catholic conventions, she ended up in a village where tradition dictated everything--including how a woman could love or grieve. Now, as she meets Aidan Dunne and the men and women who come together each Tuesday and Thursday night, Signora begins to learn their secrets and their dreams. And slowly she transforms each of their lives.

Suddenly Aidan Dunne's last chance, his evening class has become a place of intrigue and revelation. Here Bill, a reliable bank clerk, uncovers the hidden source of his fiancee Lizzie's outrageous behavior. Teenage Kathy, slow at day school but bright as a button with Signora, is coming close to realizing a devastating truth about her family. Streetwise Lou, his tuition paid by a crime boss, has his own agenda for the group. And mousy Fiona decides to meddle in a married man's illicit affair--with repercussions for everyone, including Signora and Aidan Dunne.

In writing that is wise and evocative, powerful and moving, Maeve Binchy brings to life a story of families and lovers, of unrealized passions and moments of triumph, of wounds made by caring too much, or not caring at all. And in Evening Class she shows us the power of a  dream to expand horizons, and transform clerks and schoolteachers into heroes.

Baker & Taylor
An evening class in Italian becomes a catalyst in the lives of its participants, students and teacher alike, as they come together, becoming absorbed in one another's lives and experiencing changing and growing relationships as their class culminates in a magical trip to Italy

Blackwell North Amer
Aidan Dunne, a Dublin Latin teacher, always meant to go back to the Italy he visited as a youth. But as the years passed, he concentrated instead on the usual struggles of daily life, like vying for the job of headmaster at his school, keeping memories of Italy in the back corners of his mind. At forty-eight, emotionally distanced from his wife and baffled by his two grown daughters, Aidan Dunne might have given up entirely if it hadn't been for the evening class. His class. A class called Introduction to Italian. A class where people from every walk of life come together. A class where long-buried hopes come alive again.
The teacher is Signora, a vivacious, eccentric woman with an irrepressible nature and a buried past. Her real name is Nora O'Donoghue, a Dublin native who abandoned Ireland decades before to follow her mysterious lover to Italy. Having defied her parents' Catholic conventions, she ended up in a village where tradition dictated everything - including how a woman could love or grieve. Now, as she meets Aidan Dunne and the men and women who come together each Tuesday and Thursday night, Signora begins to learn their secrets and their dreams. And slowly she transforms each of their lives.
Suddenly Aidan Dunne's last chance, his evening class has become a place of intrigue and revelation.

Baker
& Taylor

An evening class in Italian becomes a catalyst in the lives of its participants, students and teacher alike, as they come together, becoming absorbed in one another's lives and experiencing changing and growing relationships as their class culminates in a magical trip to Italy. 300,000 first printing. $300,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [1996]
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780385318075
0385318073
Branch Call Number: FIC Bi 1996
Characteristics: 420 pages ; 25 cm

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matcat44
Sep 05, 2017

Another good book. I am rereading her books and enjoying them just as much the second time around.

ChristchurchLib Sep 16, 2013

"Dublin teacher Aidan Dunne has been asked to build a programme of adult education classes at his school. He is delighted when fellow Dubliner Nora O'Donoghue (Signora), who has spent over twenty years in Sicily, offers to teach a class on the language and culture of Italy. In fine Maeve Binchy tradition, the multiple characters in Evening Class alternate viewpoints, come together in unexpected fashion, and eventually reach happy endings - but not before overcoming a few obstacles." September 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=678205

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thoughtspf
Jul 28, 2012

One of my favorite Binchy novels. I love how the lives of these individuals begin to intertwine. It makes me think about all of my personal interactions with the people in my own life and the impact every action has on the world around me.

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Darrelln
Feb 27, 2010

fun book

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BlairsBear
Dec 30, 2009

Possibly my favourite book. The characters are so easy to love (or hate, if that's what Maeve wants us to do) and you feel fantastic after reading the last page.

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