Search Results: "William Trevor"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >