Cheating at Canasta by William Trevor

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'No matter what,' Julia had said, aware then of what was coming, 'let's always play cards.' And they did; for even with her memory gone, a little more of it each day - her children taken, her house, her flowerbeds, belongings, clothes - their games in the communal drawing room were a reality her affliction allowed. A husband sits in Harry's Bar in Venice, thinking of his wife - lost to him now - whose plea has brought him back to one of their favourite haunts. On another table, a young couple quarrel. Cheating at Canasta is the title story of William Trevor's new collection, his first since the highly acclaimed A Bit on the Side (2004), and its themes of missed opportunities, the inevitability of change and the powerful but fragmentary quality of our memories are entirely characteristic of his unparalleled oeuvre.
 

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 January 1, 2007 by Unknown. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In these stories, William Trevor shows his ability to write of dimly disappointed lives in a way that is anything but dim.

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There is no “I” in William Trevor’s stories — no intimacy, no direct confession, no unreliable narrator.

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Star Tribune

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Trevor brings a subtle psychological acuity to these brilliantly told short stories of domestic life.

Oct 26 2007 | Read Full Review of Cheating at Canasta

USA Today

The Ireland in Cheating at Canasta is the new, prosperous country where church no longer rules, a place where "faith itself mattered less and influenced less how people lived," Trevor writes in the story "At Olivehill."

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