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Maeve Binchy, author of A Week in Winter

When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger, a bad boy turned good, and her niece, Orla, Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

Week of January 6, 2014

Releases for the week of January 6th include A WEEK IN WINTER, the late Maeve Binchy's final novel; TENTH OF DECEMBER, a short story collection from George Saunders and a National Book Award finalist; THE DESCENT, the conclusion to Alma Katsu's The Taker trilogy; and LIFE AFTER LIFE, Kate Atkinson's vision of the first half of the 20th century as witnessed --- and lived --- by one woman.