Circle of Friends: A Novel
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It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, growing up, inseparable, in the village of Knockglen. Benny—the only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parents...Eve—the orphaned offspring of a convent handyman and a rebellious blueblood, abandoned by her mother's wealthy family to be raised by nuns. Eve and Benny—they knew the sins and secrets behind every villager's lace curtains...except their own.
It widened at Dublin, at the university where Benny and Eve met beautiful Nan Mahlon and Jack Foley, a doctor's handsome son. But heartbreak and betrayal would bring the worlds of Knockglen and Dublin into explosive collision. Long-hidden lies would emerge to test the meaning of love and the strength of ties held within the fragile gold bands of a...Circle Of Friends.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
careful Benny, so careful you wouldn’t believe it.” “If she had put it in a bank someone would know?” “Oh yes. She wouldn’t have put it in a bank, not around these parts. It would have to be in cash somewhere.” “Like where?” “Lord, I’d have no idea, and I’d be careful I didn’t get caught looking.” “So you might have to let it go if you couldn’t prove it.” “Crucifying as it would be, I might.” Benny heard the warning in her voice. They both knew they were not talking about the blameless
as he had thought she would. Benny turned to Eve. “Aren’t I lucky?” Eve understood. “Oh, spoiled rotten,” she agreed. They didn’t laugh until they were out of his sight. They had to walk down the long straight street past Shea’s pub with its sour smell of drink coming out onto the street from behind its dark windows, past Birdie Mac’s sweetshop where they had spent so much time choosing from jars all their school life. Across the road to the butcher’s where they looked in the window to see
than she had hoped. It was time for heavy remedies now, like new hairstyles. Nobody felt like work, but Eve and Benny refused the offer of being taken to play some slot machines in an amusement arcade. “I’m getting the bus,” said Benny. “Good-bye Cinderella.” Jack blew her a kiss. His eyes were very warm. She must have been mad to worry about him. Benny and Eve left the pub. Aidan said that he felt sure those two would be up all night and maybe bopping till dawn in Mario’s. “What?” Jack
old man who had shouted at Eve and called Eve’s mother a whore. He might have done the same if Simon had married Nan. Suddenly with a jolt Benny wondered if Nan had slept with Simon. Suppose she had. Just suppose that she had, then this baby might be his, and not Jack’s after all. Why hadn’t she thought of it before? The whole thing that looked as if it could never be solved, might in fact have a solution after all. She looked wild-eyed at the thought of it. She saw Heather watching her in
club. And she saw the big staircases leading up to the libraries and the lecture halls. She saw the red plush benches which would be filled with students next week, and she ached to be amongst them. To spend her days reading and writing and finding out more and talking to people, and to spend no time at all trying to outwit awful people like Mother Clare. The Wise Woman would get on with her life and stop dreaming. Then she thought how tiring it was going to be for the rest of her life trying