A Bit on the Side by William Trevor

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William Trevor is truly a Chekhov for our age, and a new collection of stories from him is always a cause for celebration. In these twelve stories, a waiter divulges a shocking life of crime to his ex-wife; a woman repeats the story of her parents’ unstable marriage after a horrible tragedy; a schoolgirl regrets gossiping about the cuckolded man who tutors her; and, in the volume’s title story, a middle-aged accountant offers his reasons for ending a love affair. At the heart of this stunning collection is Trevor’s characteristic tenderness and unflinching eye for both the humanizing and dehumanizing aspects of modern urban and rural life.


 

About William Trevor

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Sir William Trevor is the author of twenty-nine books and has received numerous literary awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Hawthornden Prize, and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction.
 
Published September 27, 2005 by Penguin Books. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Business & Economics, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Fiction

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Tenth collection from the Irish-born Trevor, a dozen wise and beautifully crafted pieces from a master.

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The New York Times

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William Trevor's stories are full of adulterers, but there are no storming husbands or jealous wives.

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The Guardian

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This is a period story, set below stairs in a country house - but what period?

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The Guardian

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In the story called "Solitude" (which I wish had been the title story), the daughter who has witnessed her wealthy mother's love affair and caused the lover's death spends much of her adult life with her parents (reconciled for her sake), wandering from one European hotel to another (like the par...

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Bookmarks Magazine

… In the bittersweet ending to a story that lends itself to multiple meanings, Trevor shows how expertly he can use the short story to contemplate some very big ideas."

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