Books by William Trevor

SELECTED STORIES by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2010

"Arresting images and troubling questions—Trevor is a master."
Sterling collection of short pieces by noted Irish writer Trevor (Love and Summer, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
LOVE AND SUMMER by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2009

" An archetypal Irish love story and a perfect novel—sweet, desperate, sad, unforgettable. "
The poignancy of life worn down at the elbows, Trevor's signature note, gently animates another masterpiece. Read full book review >
CHEATING AT CANASTA by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2007

"Profound."
Another stellar collection from Trevor (A Bit on the Side: Stories, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
A BIT ON THE SIDE by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"There's nothing mechanical about the simple humility and compassion that make the best of Trevor's stories so moving."
Tenth collection from the Irish-born Trevor, a dozen wise and beautifully crafted pieces from a master. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF LUCY GAULT by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Trevor's thirthieth—and one of his best. Though faintly mannered and stiff in the telling, it's a beautiful story of history, grief, and forgiveness."
A moving tale of history gone wrong and tragedy redeemed, by renowned Irish novelist Trevor (The Hill Bachelors, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HILL BACHELORS by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Here and there the fabric shows signs of wear, yet the workmanship remains as exquisite, as sure and strong, as ever."
A solid ninth collection of 12 varied, moving stories by the Anglo-Irish master (most recently, the novel Death in Summer, 1998). Read full book review >
DEATH IN SUMMER by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Trevor suggests character with the ease of a single gesture or detail, and his narrative instincts are, as usual, dead-on, providing just enough melodramatic intrigue to propel his studies in interior life."
One of the masters of contemporary fiction, Trevor (After Rain, 1996, etc.) keeps his typically level head as he quietly records two worlds in collision. Read full book review >
MISS GOMEZ AND THE BRETHREN by William Trevor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1997

"Early work, strictly for fans, who are (justifiably) legion."
First published in England in 1971, a rambling novel of lower-middle-class manners that lacks the distinctive qualities of the mature Trevor (After Rain, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
AFTER RAIN by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Dependably brilliant work from one of Chekhov's most accomplished disciples."
A wonderfully affecting new collection of 12 stories by the Anglo-Irish master (Felicia's Journey, 1995, etc.), whose sympathetic portrayals of lonely, betrayed, and self-betraying people are unsurpassed by any of his contemporaries. Read full book review >
FELICIA'S JOURNEY by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Trevor's combination of the pathological and the lyrical transcends mere genre fiction: He's a master still exploring the possibilities of his craft."
The Irish-born novelist and short-story writer (Two Lives, 1991, etc.) takes a surprising turn for the mysterious in this chilling portrait of a serial killer. Read full book review >
JULIET'S STORY by William Trevor
Released: June 30, 1994

"Brisk and bubbling with good will and the imaginings of a gentle girl. (Fiction. 11-13)"
All the really grand stories that Juliet has ever heard have come from her elderly friend Paddy Old. Read full book review >
EXCURSIONS IN THE REAL WORLD by William Trevor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Vintage Trevor—most especially in the self-deprecating early sketches and the schoolboy portraits."
All of the fragments that make up this memoir by the contemporary master have appeared previously in (mostly) British periodicals. Read full book review >
TWO LIVES by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Vastly different in style and setting, the two stories converge thematically, testifying to the range of Trevor's talent and the singularity of his vision."
Trevor (Family Sins, etc.) provides genuine literary delight as well as book-buying value in this clever pairing of two novels under one title. Read full book review >
FAMILY SINS AND OTHER STORIES by William Trevor
Released: May 1, 1990

"Another fine collection by this Irish author, here centering on the plight of people held fast by the familial network of peculiar tensions that can both hold and strangle."
Throughout Trevor's series of collections of beautifully crafted, acute, and affecting short stories, there has never been that outcropping of self-parody that is apt to afflict the work of prolific practitioners of such a confining art form. Read full book review >
THE SILENCE IN THE GARDEN by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 1988

"The rich array of life on the quay, and the comedy of aristocrats gone to seed, make this otherwise sorrowful story all the more affecting."
How "the Troubles" of Anglo-Irish history affect life on one small island off the coast of county Cork is just one of the many quiet revelations in this thoroughly engaging, deceptively charming fiction by a modern master. Read full book review >
NIGHTS AT THE ALEXANDRA by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1987

"Trevor tales—but exquisitely detailed, perfectly modulated in its bittersweet tone, and quietly, leanly, expertly told."
A 15-year-old small-town lad in WW II Ireland expands his social horizons, and develops a romantic obsession—in this fine, characteristic Trevor story, one of the slightest (if purest) entries in the Harper Short Novel Series thus far. Read full book review >
THE NEWS FROM IRELAND by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1986

"As always, Trevor, the consummate storyteller, writes with skill and compassion as he scrupulously weighs the press and passions of time and event on restless lives straining after illusions—or held by the potency of an evil never fully understood."
Another Trevor collection of short stories is always good news, and here in these 12 tales (many previously published in The New Yorker), the author again attends to the usually sad, small defeats of victims caught in the consequences of distant searing events, betrayed by their own wrong turns or, worse, simple inadequacy. Read full book review >
A WRITER'S IRELAND by William Trevor
Released: March 17, 1984

"Some fine raw material—seemingly thrown together."
An attractively illustrated coffee-table doodad, billed by novelist Trevor as "a writer's journey, a tour of places which other writers have felt affection for also, or have known excitement or alarm in"—but mostly a string of excerpts from Irish literature, from the Tain to the present, having vaguely to do with the landscape. Read full book review >
FOOLS OF FORTUNE by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1983

"Like the story "Matilda's England" in Lovers of Their Time: a masterly tracing of the shadow of violence through time, muted but never canceled out by love—in a restrained, elegant, austerely affecting family-tale."
Again, as in many of his recent short stories, Trevor devotes this immaculate new novel to the insidious legacy, the spreading stain, of random acts of violence—specifically those rooted in Ireland's "continuing battleground." Read full book review >
THE STORIES OF WILLIAM TREVOR by William Trevor
Released: Sept. 1, 1983

"An especially worthy reprinting."
In these days of $15.95 murder-mysteries and $7.95 paperback-romances, special note should be taken of this welcome bargain-omnibus: virtually all of Trevor's often-matchless stories, nearly 800 pages of them—containing the entire contents of the previously published The Day We Got Drunk on Cake, The Ballroom of Romance, Angels at the Ritz, Lovers of Their Time, and Beyond the Pale. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE PALE by William Trevor
Released: Feb. 17, 1981

"Irresistible storytelling—and, despite some atypical excesses, Trevor's skill remains awesome."
Another strong collection of short stories—with Trevor again testing the shoddy insular hypocrisies which protect the comfortable inside a pale. . . Read full book review >
OTHER PEOPLE'S WORLDS by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1980

"But that's the only even slightly false note here—as, again, with immaculate particulars, Trevor charts the metastasis of evil in a world of random tragedies and deliberate (if small) salvations."
Another of Trevor's icy transparencies, here exposing the complex pathology of malignant attachments that result from the rogue drift of a somehow pitiable predator. Read full book review >
LOVERS OF THEIR TIME AND OTHER STORIES by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 1979

"These and other memorable portraits of good people tainted by hard times: the art of William Trevor, in an exemplary collection."
What more can one say about Trevor? Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN OF DYNMOUTH by William Trevor
Released: March 1, 1977

"Another illumination from an author only recently recognized here."
In his "unspoilt" English coastal village Trevor has planted the most insidious of bad seeds—an adolescent of a curious, arrested innocence who focuses the ache of the castaway child he was into a terrible revenge. Read full book review >
ANGELS AT THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES by William Trevor
Released: June 3, 1976

"Even Trevor's least imaginative pieces are neatly joined; he offers biting insights as well as the sad echo of the nightingale which once sang in Berkeley Square."
Here as in Trevor's other story collections, one spark of reality can shrivel the cocoons of quiet lives. Read full book review >
ELIZABETH ALONE by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 1974

"And as a story — it's irresistible."
"Men and women do tend to hurt each other" — but in Trevor's convocations of the unprepossessing, no one is really devastated — only gently deflected from dignity or coherence. Read full book review >
THE BALLROOM OF ROMANCE by William Trevor
Released: Oct. 19, 1972

"Perhaps the regional flavor of Trevor's work has delayed his full recognition here — but possibly the Mary Lavin audience, for example, will join him."
An exemplary collection of short stories which matches Trevor's last (The Day We All Got Drunk on Cake, 1968) in the efficient delicacy with which he pinpricks moments of resignation in unprepossessing lives. Read full book review >
MRS ECKDORF IN O'NEILLS HOTEL by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 1969

"Not Trevor's best—there's just not enough leaven for the lunatic vision—but it's a full house of believable, likable rogues and rabble, with an unexpected joker."
Mr. Trevor beams in his morality tale this time through a corrosive, middle-aged female photographer among some three-penny urban misfits in Dublin. Mrs. Eckdorf, divorced twice and brash as a blue-jay, explodes into the seedy confines of O'Neill's Hotel, its occupants and satellites placidly revolving around the silent world of its ninety-two-year-old owner, the deaf-mute Mrs. Sinnott. Read full book review >
THE DAY WE GOT DRUNK ON CAKE by William Trevor
Released: Jan. 11, 1967

"Except for the moments when a surfeit of horror pops a seam (very few), these are masterworks all."
A dazzling display of the superb craft of this British writer, who miraculously catches the flint of irony, the shaft of horror, concealed in the doings of a variety of seedy beings, unaware in their inner isolation, of the terrors without. Mr. Trevor's subjects are, in general, middle-aged to elderly (the one exception, a beleaguered child, appears in the least successful story, all about the miserable child-victim's horrible revenge). Read full book review >
THE LOVE DEPARTMENT by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1967

"Nevertheless Mr. Trevor has wit, talent, and a claque."
...is run by the inimitable Lady Dolores Bourhardie who is a firm believer in the sacred matrimonial institution. Read full book review >
THE BOARDING-HOUSE by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1965

"Chills, cheer."
A startling import from England, this multi-pronged fancy concerning the fates of lonely middle-aged waifs in a London boarding house tunes the irony so fine, that both high humor and insidious horror are achieved seemingly without effort. Read full book review >
THE OLD BOYS by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 1964

"This is a view of life which is closer to death and puckered with eccentricity."
Whether it is significant or not, or perhaps a portent, this is the third time that a young writer has tested his talent with a difficult theme, old age, in a manner which is a partial tour de force (i.e. Read full book review >