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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Trevor Narrator: Jim Norton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It’s summer and nothing much is happening in Rathmoye. So it doesn’t go unnoticed when a dark-haired stranger appears on his bicycle and begins photographing the mourners at Mrs. Connulty’s funeral. Florian Kilderry couldn’t know that the Connultys are said to own half the town: he has only come to Rathmoye to photograph the scorched remains of its burnt-out cinema.

A few miles out in the country, Dillahan, a farmer and a decent man, has married again: Ellie is the young convent girl who came to work for him when he was widowed. Ellie leads a quiet, routine life, often alone while Dillahan runs the farm. 

Florian is planning to leave Ireland and start over. Ellie is settled in her new role as Dillahan’s wife. But Florian’s visit to Rathmoye introduces him to Ellie, and a dangerously reckless attachment begins.

In a characteristically masterly way, Trevor evokes the passions and frustrations felt by Ellie and Florian, and by the people of a small Irish town during one long summer. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A delicate sort of drama—there is no corpse in the basement, no bomb lies hidden in any drawer—but even so, a reader will have his heart in his mouth for the last fifty pages. And when the heart settles back down, it will be broken and satisfied…A thrilling work of art.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “When Trevor chooses to leave the inner mind of a character, he lingers on aspects of the physical world, and in this way we live where these people do. He lingers over the way that Miss Connulty prepares food for her overnight lodgers. He lingers on Ellie’s own domestic duties, and on the dogs that are part of the Dillahan farm. He lingers on the moments that tell us the summer is moving by. Mostly, and most important, what Trevor does is make us believe and care…This is what we feel in Trevor’s strong, able, and exquisitely gentle storytelling hands.”

    Washington Post

  • “It’s from the subtle yet ferocious specificity of this story that its power rises…The ordinary throughout is presented as instances of paradise just about to be reached. That Trevor allows his characters so much is not only due to the innate generosity for which he is justly worshipped as a writer, but to a new grace again, something further, that marks this book as particular, miraculous; in it old matters are made new, transformed, redeemed.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Masterful…His prose precisely nuanced and restrained, Trevor depicts a society beginning to loosen itself from the Church’s implacable condemnation of sexual immorality.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Jim Norton captures the ache and longing that permeate William Trevor’s marvelous new novel…Trevor has written a timeless tale of love found, lost, and perhaps found again. Set in rural Ireland among farmers of few words and watchful shopkeepers, the story is sharp, sweet, and painfully perceptive. Norton uses just enough vocal variations for us to keep the characters straight and narrates in an accent subtly influenced by the Emerald Isle. His tone, at once gentle and solemn, would suit the recitation of a myth, which of course, this is.”


  • “Trevor…matches an exquisite but never precious prose style with wise psychological understanding of the fluster beneath the surface of ordinary lives…Extraordinary.”


  • “Trevor’s latest is rich in dazzling imagery, especially variations on light, illumination, and reflection, and unforgettable character…Another masterly work from one of our greatest contemporary novelists.”

    Library Journal

  • “The poignancy of life worn down at the elbows, Trevor’s signature note, gently animates another masterpiece…An archetypal Irish love story and a perfect novel—sweet, desperate, sad, unforgettable.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred reviews)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Longlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel | 2/5/2014

    " Sigh. Do books like this get more or less painful as you grow older? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne | 2/3/2014

    " I have always enjoyed William Trevor's writing. He has a real ability to flesh out characters. This is a gentle slow moving tale but full of small inspirations "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Beth | 2/3/2014

    " I am very fond of his writing and his style. Having said that, this was not one of his finest efforts. Worthwhile though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/31/2014

    " horridly boring, torturous even. "

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