Full House

Full House

by Maeve Binchy

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A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection

They hadn’t intended it to be a full house. Dee and Liam had thought that their children would leave home one by one and come to see them on weekends. Wouldn’t that be nice? But Helen had never left; Rosie got married but not for long; Anthony writes songs and will be a sensation someday. And Dee wonders what she did wrong. Instead of enjoying her “old age,” she is taking care of everyone else. When a crisis occurs Dee takes charge and decides that something has to change—much to everyone’s surprise.

Beloved storyteller and internationally bestselling author Maeve Binchy left a treasure trove of unpublished short stories after her death. “Full House” is everything we’ve come to expect from Binchy’s work—a world of charm, joy and sorrow, where we return again and again to be instructed and warmed.  She received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross Award in 2007 and is the author of many bestselling books including Maeve’s Times, Chestnut Street, and A Week in Winter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101970720
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: A Vintage Short
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 62,946
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Maeve Binchy is the author of Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words, and many bestselling novels, including A Week in Winter, Minding Frankie, Heart and Soul, Whitethorn Woods, Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Married to Gordon Snell, she lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in 2012.


Dublin, Ireland, and London, England

Date of Birth:

May 28, 1940

Place of Birth:

Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland


Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

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Full House 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Full House by Maeve Binchy is charming short story. Dee Nolan is a wife, mother, and partner in J.D. Contract Cleaners. Josie is Dee’s partner in the business. After a day working cleaning homes and offices, Dee gets to come home to her loving husband and three grown up children. Dee thought when her children grew up, they would move out of the house. Unfortunately, all her children are currently living at home. Rosie is married to Ronan?? But they are experiencing troubles (a lot of fighting) and Rosie moved back home. Helen is a teacher and still living at home. Anthony is a musician, cares only about music, and still lives at home. Dee does the cooking, shopping, cleaning, and laundry. The children do not pay rent. Dee comes home after a hard day of working and is greeted with a messy house and people asking what is for dinner. One day Dee comes home and she can tell something is wrong with her husband, Liam. Dee finds out that Liam has been laid off. Liam is an electrician for Mash Macken, a builder. It is a rough economy and people are not building. Dee states that the children will have to help. When Helen, Rosie, and Anthony are told about the situation, they do not believe it is fair that they have to pay to live at home. Dee does not know what she did wrong when raising her children, but she is going to fix it. Dee comes up with a plan and slowly executes it. Full House is an appealing story. I give Full House 5 out of 5 stars. Full House was enjoyable to read, interesting, engaging, and a nice moral. Maeve Binchy did it again! I will certainly miss her books. I received a complimentary copy of Full House from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a sweet story about a family where the children haven't a clue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maeve Binchy writes a wonderful story of a family learning roles and responsibilities as the children grow into adulthood. Her characters are realistic and relatable. I really enjoyed this story and recommend it highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maeve Binchy's books have always been wonderful! This is what real life is all about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally give this a 4 stars. It wasn't the best book ever ( Joey Graceffa's memoir is). It's very sweet and definatly shows lots of hard being put into this story! Totally recommend this sweet short story!! <3 :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago