Cheating at Canasta (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 18, 2007 - Fiction - 240 pages
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A new collection from ?the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language? (The New Yorker)

The publication of a new book by William Trevor is a true literary event. One of our finest chroniclers of the human condition, Trevor?s precise and unflinching insights into the lives of ordinary people are evidenced once again in this stunning collection of twelve stories. Subtle yet powerful, these exquisitely nuanced tales of regret, deception, adultery, aging, and forgiveness are a rare pleasure, and they confirm Trevor?s reputation as a master of the form. From a chance encounter between two childhood friends to memories of a newly widowed man to a family grappling with the sale of ancestral land, Trevor examines with grace and skill the tenuous bonds of our relationships, the strengths that hold us together, and the truths that threaten to separate us.


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trevor's insight into the interpersonal is astonishing. - Goodreads
Beautiful writing, but whew, depressing. - Goodreads
This is a great writer. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Cariola - LibraryThing

While I did not appreciate this collection quite as much as I have others by Trevor, his usual skill in storytelling and style prevail. The twelve stories here are, if not exactly sad, wistful or ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rick - Goodreads

Read this collection of impeccable short stories by William Trevor while traveling back and forth to Washington on a train. Not the ideal way to grasp the subtleties of this master craftsman. In very ... Read full review


The Dressmakers Child
The Room
Men of Ireland
Cheating at Canasta
An Afternoon
At Olivehill
A Perfect Relationship
The Children
Old Flame
Folie à Deux

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About the author (2007)

William Trevor is the author of twenty-nine books, including Felicia’s Journey, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was made into a motion picture. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Lannan Award for Fiction. 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.

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