Little Chapel on the River
A Pub, a Town and the Search for What Matters Most
By Gwendolyn Bounds
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780060564070, 320pp.)
Publication Date: August 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Forced from her downtown Manhattan apartment by the terrorist attack of September 11, journalist Wendy Bounds was delivered to Guinan's doorstep -- a legendary Irish drinking hole and country store nestled along the banks of the Hudson River in the small town of Garrison, New York -- by a friend.
Captivated by the bar's charismatic but ailing owner and his charming, motley clientele, Bounds uprooted herself permanently and moved to tiny Garrison, the picturesque river town they all call home. There she became one of the rare female regulars at the old pub and was quickly swept up into its rhythm, heartbeat, and grand history -- as related by Jim Guinan himself, the stubborn high priest of this little chapel. Surrounded by a crew of endearing, delightfully colorful characters who were now her neighbors and friends, she slowly finds her own way home.
Beautifully written, deeply personal, and brilliantly insightful, Little Chapel on the River is a love story about a place -- and the people who bring it to life.
Gwendolyn (Wendy) Bounds is a writer and editor for The Wall Street Journal, where she has worked since 1993. Bounds has written about culture, travel, technology, retail and fashion, and has also published several first-person pieces and columns about family for the newspaper. Her first-person essay "Amid the Ashes, Baby Carriages, Shoes, Family Photos," which she wrote with her partner Kathryn Kranhold, won the 2002 Front Page Award for September 11th commentary from the Newswomans Club of New York.
“A seamless, shining tale.”
-Nancy Cobb, author of In Lieu of Flowers
“Stunning. Little Chapel on the River is beautifully written, artfully crafted and lovingly told.”
-Stefan Fatsis, author, Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players
“Compelling . . . I could not put it down.”
-Dennis Smith, author, Report from Engine Co. 82, A Song for Mary and Report from Ground Zero
“Reading Wendy Bounds’s very fine book is much like a delightful night spent visiting a pub in Ireland.”
-Frank Gannon, author, Mid-Life Irish
“Gwendolyn Bounds has perfectly captured the sounds, flavors--indeed, the soul--of a quickly disappearing kind of small town life.”
-Billy Collins, Poet Laureate, author of Picnic, Lightning
“Set aside a huge chunk of time to read this book as putting it down would cause heartache.”
-Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming
“Timely and meaningful…extraordinary…highly recommended.”
“Bounds captures the warmth of the place and the rootedness it [Guinan’s] symbolizes.”
“A true romance--with a place.”
“Bounds’ elegiac tale of transformation is a story filled with sweet surprises that never becomes cloying...”
-New York Post
“In an age of spiky-heeled chick-lit, this book is a refreshing change.”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel