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Irish Girls About Town    by Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes & Cathy Kelly order for
Irish Girls About Town
by Maeve Binchy
Order:  USA  Can
Pocket, 2003 (2003)

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Irish Girls About Town is a delightful collection of short stories by sixteen of Ireland's popular women writers. It includes Soulmates, in which a politician's plans for the future don't include his girl friend; De-Stress that tells us how best to handle stress, and The Twenty-eighth Day about a really bad bout of PMS.

One of my favorite authors, Maeve Binchey, contributed to this anthology. Her Carissima is top rate. But so are the other stories. Most of the characters in this collection are independent, self-confident, and moving in the fast-lane women. The anthology focuses on the men in their lives. Some surprising turns are taken so that I sometimes found myself cheering. I always love it when a story takes a twist at the ending (just the way my mind works) and The Union Man and An Independent Woman truly gave me what I was looking for.

This anthology is worth the price of admission. The eye-catching cover entices us inside, where the short story always fills in small spans of free time; enjoy these sixteen engaging Irish stories.

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