Title Profile & Character Information

Tara Road

Annotation
Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. Drawn into lifestyles vastly differing from their own, at first each resents the news of how well the other is getting on. Ria seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy. Marilyn seems to have become bosom friends with Ria's children, as well as with Colm, a handsome restaurateur, whom Ria has begun to miss terribly. At the end of the summer, the women at last meet face-to-face. Having learned a great deal, about themselves and about each other, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends. A moving story rendered with the deft touch of a master artisan,Tara Roadis Maeve Binchy at her very best—utterly beautiful, hauntingly unforgettable, entirely original, and wholly enjoyable.

Characters
NameNorris, Ria
GenderFemale
OccupationCaterer
TraitsMarried
Mother
Irish

NameLynch, Danny
GenderMale
OccupationRealtor
TraitsMarried
Father
Irish

NameMarilyn
GenderFemale
TraitsAmerican
Married

GenreDomestic
Psychological
Fiction
TopicsTroubled marriages
Death of a child
Friendship
Betrayal
House exchanges
Emotional healing
SettingDublin, Ireland
Connecticut
Victorian house