Circle of Friends - Maeve Binchy

Circle of Friends

By Maeve Binchy

  • Release Date: 1990-07-10
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 220 Ratings


“[An] irresistible invitation to share the lives of people who believe in enduring values.”—Detroit Free Press

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.

Praise for Circle of Friends

“A rare pleasure . . . at terrific tale, told by a master storyteller.”—Susan Isaacs, The New York Times Book Review

Circle of Friends welcomes you in.”The Washington Post


  • Wonderful story

    By rubbberlegs
    It’s a warm and friendly story of many different people all somehow connected.
  • Brilliant

    By UnusedNickame9999
    I watched the movie when I was younger but couldn’t remember certain details. I originally searched for the movie but I’m so glad I found the book instead. It has consumed my time and I’m sad to have finished it so fast but I am so grateful to have found it. Definitely worth the purchase.
  • Adore this Book need the movie

    By a ravens rambles
    I adore this book, when I read this book in the 9th grade in the hieght of heroin starvation look, I felt just like the main Character Benny, slightly chuby with wild curls that defied any attempt to contain the fluff. The feeling of being 2nd best to your prettier popular friend, and never deserving the attention of others. Benny's choices, her independece and desire to become something more than just what was expected of her was inspirational to me at that age. i Tunes when are you going to have the audio book available? Or for that matter the movie which was great and only marginaly different from the book. But in the end Benny's spirit and courage is the most amazing part of this book.
  • Loved this book!

    By erinadamsmom
    This book leaves me wanting more! I love the way she writes! Her characters are so believable, it's easy to love or hate them. Thank you for a job well done!
  • Rambling.......

    By Looking4challenge
    It's the person you know who tells long drawn out stories. You listen patiently wait for the point only to find out that there isn't one. And there are many characters to sort through but if you can't remember them, don't worry, there is no closure with any of them after over 700 pages.