I just finished Maeve Binchy's "Whitethorn Woods". I first discovered her books when "Tara Road" was on Oprah's book list, and since then I've read every single thing she's written. She took a break there for a while (it's my understanding her husband was quite ill) and I was thrilled to have another book by her pop up at the book store.
What I loved about this book was how she started with the common thread - a town's concern about a bypass that is planned, that will go right through the woods and subsequently a sacred well in the woods. She then goes into her (for lack of a better word) "two-fers" -- she writes a chapter in the point of view of a character, and then does a second chapter from the point of view of a character in that first chapter. It's really clever, and it unearths some surprises. I wish I could describe it better!
At any rate, a good book -- the ending fell a little weak for me, but I was more interested in the vignettes than the actual story line, anyway.