I have just bought a new edition of this book, having read (and shared) my first copy to pieces!
Without any doubt at all, this is the finest collection of 'modern' short stories I have ever read. Each story, like each of the succinctly described characters, is astonishing in a different way.
If you have ever wondered what people are REALLY like beneath the surface, in this book Maeve Binchy finds out for you. The changing faces of people within the fixedness of place is the theme of each story. No-one is who he/she appear to be and the surprises are endless.
Even if you have never buy another short-story collection. buy this one.