The publication of a new book by William Trevor is a great literary event. Trevor's last collection, "A Bit on the Side," was named a "New York Times" Notable Book and hailed as one of the Best Books of the Year by papers from coast to coast, including "The Washington Post" and "San Francisco Chronicle." And his earlier collection, "After Rain," published in 1996, was named one of the eight best books of the year by "The New York Times."
Trevor's precise and unflinching insights into the hearts and lives of ordinary people are evidenced once again in this stunning new collection. From a chance encounter between two childhood friends to the memories of a newly widowed man to a family grappling with the sale of their 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. Subtle yet powerful, his stories linger with the reader long after the words have been put away.