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Love and Summer

A Novel

by William Trevor

Love and Summer
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    Sep 2009, 224 pages
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    Oct 2010, 224 pages

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While such recollections were shared, and the life that had ended further lauded, a young man in a pale tweed suit that stood out a bit on a warm morning surreptitiously photographed the scene. He had earlier cycled the seven and a half miles from where he lived, and was then held up by the funeral traffic. He had come to photograph the town’s burnt-out cinema, which he had heard about in a similar small town where recently he had photographed the perilous condition of a terrace of houses wrenched from their foundations in a landslip.


Dark-haired and thin, in his early twenties, the young man was a stranger in Rathmoye. A suggestion of stylishness — in his general demeanour, in his jaunty green-and-bluestriped tie — was repudiated by the comfortable bagginess of his suit. His features had a misleading element of seriousness in their natural cast, contributing further to this impression of contradiction. His name was Florian Kilderry.

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Reprinted by arrangement with Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from Love and Summer by William Trevor.
Copyright © 2009 by William Trevor

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