Monday, August 1, 2011

Minding Frankie, by Maeve Binchy

If this had been my first Binchy, it would probably have been my last.  It's sort of a cobbled together series of plot devices and ill-formed characters.  When a dying pregnant woman places her daughter in the care of her one-night-stand father, the immature, alcoholic father changes his directionless and dissolute ways to make a home and life for the baby with the help of a Mary-Poppins-esque American cousin and a dozen people from a Dublin neighborhood who pull together to mind baby Frankie.  A damaged social worker hovers, becoming ever more convinced that Frankie should be taken into care.  Death, grief, dangerous situations for the baby, love and moral quandries are all stapled together.  Kate Binchy did the reading.

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