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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