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Scarlet Feather

(2000)
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The Barnes & Noble Review
Following the international success of Tara Road, Maeve Binchy offers Scarlet Feather, an enchanting and richly plotted new tale of family, friendship, honesty, and deception. This time out, the beloved author sets her story against the dynamic social and economic whirl of modern Ireland, tracing the interconnected destinies of an engaging cast of Dubliners over the course of a single unforgettable year. The novel opens with an uncharacteristically graceless series of character sketches designed to plunk readers squarely in medias res with as little fuss or literary artifice as possible. However, once these introductions have been made, Binchy quickly atones for this perfunctory exercise in stage-setting with a bravura demonstration of her vaunted storytelling skills.

Tom Feather and Cathy Scarlet have been the best of friends since they attended cooking school. If not for a simple twist of fate, they might once have become lovers. But now Cathy, from homely St. Jarlath's Crescent, is married to Neil, a human rights lawyer and scion of the upper-crust Mitchell family. If Neil's posh parents have never been able to forget (or forgive) the fact that Cathy's "poor" mother, Lizzie, once cleaned and scrubbed their family manse, Cathy, for her part, is proud of her working-class accent and fierce independence. Charming and handsome, Tom has turned his back on the family construction business to pursue the dream of opening his own catering shop. His longtime significant other, the equally stunning Marcella, steadfastly refuses to marry him for fear of jeopardizing her nascent modeling career.

The catalyst that upsets the delicate balance between these two "happy" couples, their extended families at home and abroad, and an assortment of clients, pets, petty criminals, and racetrack touts is the discovery late one New Year's Eve of a suitable location from which to launch Cathy and Tom's gourmet catering company, Scarlet Feather.

As the cherished idea of Scarlet Feather transforms itself into a true labor of love -- with special emphasis on labor -- tensions begin to grow between Neil and Cathy, Tom and Marcella. Each couple learns that maintaining a relationship with a work-obsessed, absentee mate becomes increasingly difficult when both partners are equally consumed by their toil. Factor in the unexpected desiderata of everyday life -- financial woes, "innocent" deceptions, and the odd family crisis (most comically, the adoption of a pair of precocious, semi-feral twins) -- and Tom and Cathy soon find that the price of success may be far greater than the cost of failure.

In Scarlet Feather, Maeve Binchy has once again delivered a broad, lighthearted entertainment that also compellingly addresses very real social issues -- from the bureaucracy of the foster care system to the erosion of age-old class distinctions to the rise of the new materialism attending Ireland's economic miracle. And, like the mouthwatering culinary creations concocted in Tom and Cathy's kitchen, Scarlet Feather is likely to whet your appetite for more delicious fiction from Binchy. (Greg Marrs)

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2001 : USA Library Binding
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 1-4176-1711-X / 978-1-4176-1711-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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November 2001 : UK Hardback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-304-36423-1 / 978-0-304-36423-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cassell
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March 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Scarlet Feather (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-375-43106-3 / 978-0-375-43106-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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March 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-525-94593-8 / 978-0-525-94593-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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October 2000 : UK Hardback
Title: Scarlet Feather (Windsor Selection)
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7540-1486-X / 978-0-7540-1486-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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August 2000 : UK Hardback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7528-3824-5 / 978-0-7528-3824-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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August 2000 : Canada Hardback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 1-55278-176-3 / 978-1-55278-176-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McArthur & Company / Not Applicable
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Paperback Editions

February 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-451-22298-9 / 978-0-451-22298-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: NAL
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2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-451-20377-1 / 978-0-451-20377-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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May 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-451-20446-8 / 978-0-451-20446-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet Books
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August 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Scarlet Feather (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books)
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7540-2371-0 / 978-0-7540-2371-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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April 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7528-7685-6 / 978-0-7528-7685-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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April 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7528-4299-4 / 978-0-7528-4299-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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January 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7528-4301-X / 978-0-7528-4301-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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2001 : USA Paperback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-525-94599-7 / 978-0-525-94599-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orion
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2000 : Canada Paperback
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 1-55278-152-6 / 978-1-55278-152-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McArthur & Company / Not Applicable
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2001 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
Title: Scarlet feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 1-55278-215-8 / 978-1-55278-215-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McArthur & Company / Not Applicable
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August 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: SCARLET FEATHER.
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7528-3825-3 / 978-0-7528-3825-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: ORION
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Audio Editions

2000 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Scarlet Feather (BBC Audiobooks)
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 1-4458-7563-2 / 978-1-4458-7563-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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June 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
Publisher: Recorded Books
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October 2010 : USA Audio edition
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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October 2010 : UK Audio edition
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2001 : UK Audio CD
Title: Scarlet Feather CD
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7528-4186-6 / 978-0-7528-4186-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

September 2006 : USA Audio edition
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
Availability: Amazon   

September 2006 : UK Audio edition
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2001 : UK Audio CD
Title: Scarlet Feather: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7540-5415-2 / 978-0-7540-5415-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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April 2001 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Scarlet Feather: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7540-0617-4 / 978-0-7540-0617-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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March 2001 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-14-180305-3 / 978-0-14-180305-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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March 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7887-5427-0 / 978-0-7887-5427-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   

2001 : USA Audio CD
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 1-4281-5864-2 / 978-1-4281-5864-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
Availability: Amazon   

August 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
ISBN: 0-7528-3829-6 / 978-0-7528-3829-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

December 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon CA   

December 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2002 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Scarlet Feather
Author(s): Maeve Binchy
Publisher: Signet
Availability: Amazon   



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