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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (418 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Trevor, Simon Vance, Josephine Bailey Narrator: Josephine Bailey, Simon Vanc Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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William Trevor is truly a Chekhov for our age, and a new collection of stories from him is always a cause for celebration. These twelve stories include:

The waiter who divulges his shocking life of crime to his ex-wife. A woman repeats the story of her parents’ unstable marriage after a horrible tragedy. The schoolgirl who regrets gossiping about the cuckolded man who tutors her. A middle-aged couple meet in a theater bar for a squalid blind date. The disappointed priest who fears an innocent young girl may run away from home. Two self-certain sisters visit a newly widowed local woman. And in the volume’s title story, a middle-age accountant offers his reasons for ending a love affair.

From these slender moments Trevor creates whole lives, conjuring up characters marked by bitterness and loss. William Trevor’s graceful prose is a wonder in itself, and as convincing when inhabiting the mind of a school lunchmaid, an adulterous Irish country librarian or a murderer on the London streets. And as is always the case with William Trevor, venom and tragedy are never far from the still surface of the stories.

At the heart of this stunning collection is Trevor’s characteristic tenderness and unflinching eye for both the humanizing and dehumanizing aspects of modern urban and rural life.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eldra | 2/10/2014

    " A very intriguing collection of short stories. The narrations are thoughtful and insightful. The characters are well crafted and I loved the interactions between them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wilhelmina | 1/20/2014

    " Another good effort - lots of feelings are packed into these stories that read like novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristiana | 1/15/2014

    " Finding William Trevor is like finding a new friend. I had no idea who he was and now I don't know what I would do without him. He's a genius. His writing is so eloquent and well crafted. Each story is so unique and so well executed. Reading his stories is like unwrapping a present. There is an air of mystery, he is telling a story but you know there is so much more going on under the surface. He manages to weave flash backs and different time sequences effortlessly into his plots. He's amazing and he's coming out with a new book this fall at 81 years old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandra Lawson | 1/13/2014

    " Reading William Trevor is like coming back home to a warm fire and a pair of comfy slippers. He is a gifted story teller, especially of short stories; less is more. He crafts his characters, both phsyically and psychologically, and their emotions, using the fewest number of words possible. He moves easily from Ireland to England, but his turns of phrase and use of idioms and vernacular leave the reader in no doubt where each story is set. In stories like 'Justina's Priest' he has no need to explain that she is backward; he has already made that clear to the reader without needing to spell it out. You find yourself under the skins of many of the characters, sometimes they arouse sympathy, sometimes annoyance and sometimes just pity. But the effect, as with many of his other stories, both short and long, is of a modern day Chekhov. You experience an ache and a longing for what has been missed or what could have been avoided. "

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About the Author
Author William Trevor

William Trevor is the author of nearly thirty books, including Felicia’s Journey, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was made into a major motion picture. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Lannan Award for Fiction, and in 2001 he won the Irish Times Literature Prize for Fiction. Two of his books were chosen by the New York Times as best books of the year, and his short stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. In 1997 he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire. He lives in Devon, England.