The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor

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Captain Gault has decided that his family must leave Lahardane. They are after all Protestants living in the big house in rural Cork, and the country is in turmoil. It is 1921. But 8-year-old Lucy can't bear to leave the seashore, the old house, the woods - so she hatches a plan. It is then that the calamity happens - an accident almost, but so vicious in its consequences that it blights the lives of the Gaults for years to come. Trevor's new novel beautifully evokes rural Ireland and the tensions existing there, but also is Hardy-like in its portrayal of the impact of mere chance on a life.
 

About William Trevor

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William Trevor 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. In 1996, he was a 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 Timesas best books of the year, and his short stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. In 1977, he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Knopf Canada. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor Viking £16.99, pp228 No one now writing understands better than William Trevor the quiet working of fate and time on an individual life.

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The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 228pp, Viking, £16.99 "The story of" is a telling phrase for the title of this gravely beautiful, subtle and haunting Irish novel.

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Publishers Weekly

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Whitbread Award-winner Trevor's first novel for young readers is metafictional: it is a story about telling stories.

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Lucy, however, is discovered, starved but alive, days later by two faithful retainers, who with the aid of a family lawyer keep the house open as Lucy grows into womanhood.

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Entertainment Weekly

Trevor is a 9:4 favorite to win this year's Booker Prize, which perhaps indicates a belief among British oddsmakers that Booker judges are inclined to endorse 200-page cliches so long as they're sepia toned.

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