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Cheating at Canasta: Stories


by William Trevor

Cheating at Canasta: Stories
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    Oct 2007, 240 pages
    Sep 2008, 240 pages

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Trevor's precise and unflinching insights into the hearts and lives of ordinary people are evidenced once again in this stunning new collection

Instead she stayed, a different person too, belonging where the thing had happened.

The last line of Bravado from William Trevor's latest collection could stand in as a fitting last line to any one of his stories. Dealing in his trademark traffic of the human heart rent by another or marked by a tragic event, Trevor shapes characters that belong to their stories. They live lives shaped entirely by an event or another person, their fates slowly guided down a path they will continue to walk. Resignation and helplessness – states common to all of these characters – read as distantly melancholic, the high emotional stakes girded by Trevor's sure-footed, measured pacing. In Bravado, careless teenagers are marked by the terrible and unexpected outcome ...

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