Selected Stories (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Nov 4, 2010 - Fiction - 576 pages
16 Reviews
Selected as one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year.

Four-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, three-time winner of the Whitbread Award, and five-time nominee for the Booker Prize, William Trevor is one of the most acclaimed authors of our era. Over a career spanning more than half a century, Trevor has crafted exquisitely rendered tales that brilliantly illuminate the human condition. A powerful collection by "the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language" (The New Yorker), Selected Stories brings together forty-eight stories from After Rain, The Hill Bachelors, A Bit on the Side, and Cheating at Canasta.


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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

Incredible writer! Conveys the depths of human emotion in simple, nearly perfect stories. Read full review

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User Review  - Ingrid Erwin - Goodreads

I am not usually a fan of short stories, but this compilation was wonderful. The subject matter of the stories varied widely. One of the notes on the back of the edition I read summed it up perfectly. These are "exquisitely rendered tales that illuminate the human condition." Read full review

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The Piano Tuners Wives
Timothys Birthday
A Bit of Business
Gilberts Mother
Lost Ground
Three People
Death of a Professor
Against the Odds
The Telephone Game
Sitting with the Dead
Justinas Priest
Grailliss Legacy
Sacred Statues
Rose Wept

Good News
The Mourning
A Friend in the Trade
Low Sunday 1950
On the Streets
A Bit on the Side

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About the author (2010)

William Trevor is the author of fourteen novels and twelve collections of short stories, for which he has won many prizes, including the Whitbread Award, the Hawthornden Prize, and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award. He lives in Devon, England.

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