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Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve BinchyIn a Greek taverna, high over the small village of Aghia Anna, four people meet for the first time: Fiona, an Irish nurse, Thomas, a Californian academic; Elsa, a German television presenter; and David a shy English boy. Along with Andreas, the old man who runs the taverna, they become close to each other after witnessing a tragedy when a pleasure steamer catches fire in the harbour. NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS is the story of one summer when Fiona, Thomas, Elsa and David all have to face the particular life crisis which first made them leave their homes and end up in Greece. With the help of Vonni, a middle-aged Irish woman who lives in the village and is now a near-native, they each find a solution - although not necessarily the one they anticipated...
Nights of Rain and Stars Summary & Study Guide
What is it with Anglo-Saxon writers and the Mediterranean? For many of them, from E. Forster to Elizabeth Bowen, from Elizabeth von Arnim to Henry James an honorary Brit and now Irish author Maeve Binchy, the Mediterranean can't be a normal spot where one goes "on holiday," and simply comes back with a tan. Something cataclysmic and life-changing must happen because the folks in Greece or Italy are so much closer to nature, and thus to their emotions. Their job is to teach those pale and buttoned-up folks how to loosen up.
Four strangers, with nothing in common but a need to escape, meet in a Greek taverna high above the small village of Aghia Anna. From Ireland, America, Germany and England, they have each left their homes and old lives, when a shocking tragedy throws them unexpectedly together. Fiona is a young nurse, trying to make her family understand her need to follow her own path. Thomas desperately misses his young son and fears that his ex-wife will come between them. Elsa abruptly left her career as a television presenter, but someone from her past refuses to let her go. And shy, quiet David is determined to make a stand against his overbearing father. With these four is Andreas, the taverna owner, who badly misses the son who left home nine years ago and has never returned.
The novel, published in , takes place in modern times and tells the story of a shocking tragedy that impacts the lives of both the locals and a group of tourists. It is set principally in a small Greek fishing village called Aghia Anna, located on a small Greek island. Andreas, the gentle old tavern owner, is the first to witness the tragedy, but is unwilling to accept it as reality. From his tavern high on the hill, he sees the fire down in the bay. He is convinced his eyes are playing tricks on him; it cannot truly be coming from the Olga , his friend Manos's tourist boat. As he prepares his tavern for the day, he notices a group of tourists climbing the hill, turning in open-mouthed horror to stare at the bay. Their remarks confirm the awful truth: the Olga is indeed on fire.