One of my favorite books when I was younger was Irish author Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends (remember the move version, starring Chris O’Donnell and Minnie Driver?). I was utterly engrossed in the story and went on to read several more of her books as a teenager. Odd as it may sound, I completely identify with Alison Flood of The Guardian: "Together with Stephen King, Binchy is the author who, for me, bridged the gap between childhood reading and adult."
Yesterday brought the sad news that Maeve Binchy -- author of Circle of Friends, Light a Penny Candle, Tara Road, and more -- has died at the age of 72.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny referred to her as "a national treasure," and Ireland's president Michael D. Higgins said, "She was an outstanding novelist, short story writer, and columnist, who engaged millions of people all around the world with her fluent and accessible style."
In honor of Maeve Binchy, here are 10 memorable quotes from the well-loved author: