A Bit on the Side

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Knopf Canada, 2005 - Irish fiction - 256 pages
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William Trevor’s stunning new collection of stories displays this renowned craftsman at the peak of his powers. A middle-aged couple meet in a theatre bar for a squalid blind date; a disappointed priest fears an innocent young girl may run away from home; two self-certain sisters visit a newly widowed local woman. 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.

These stories, many of which first appeared in The New Yorker, are small masterpieces of observation from one of the most highly acclaimed and beloved writers of the century.


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User Review  - Cariola - LibraryThing

This small collection of short stories was a bit of a disappointment. I have enjoyed several of Trevor's novels and story collections, but this one just didn't move me like other of his works. For the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ibreak4books - LibraryThing

I mean, Trevor is a great writer, but these stories seemed so FAMILIAR. Maybe the Irish village thing is played out. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

William Trevor was born in County Cork in 1928 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He has received many honours for his work, including the Whitbread Prize for fiction and the Lannan Literary Award. His novel Felicia’s Journey was made into an acclaimed feature film, directed by Atom Egoyan. William Trevor lives in England.


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