Cheating at Canasta

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Penguin, Oct 18, 2007 - Fiction - 240 pages
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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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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  - oldblack - LibraryThing

As short stories go, these are pretty good. The characters are well enough developed that the reader can have some understanding of what makes them tick - more so than in some novels I've read. As I ... Read full review

Contents

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

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About the author (2007)

William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, and spent his childhood in provincial Ireland. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin. He 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, and The Story of Lucy Gault, which was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread Fiction Prize. 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 appeared regularly in The New Yorker. In 1997, he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire.

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