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Love and Summer

A Novel

by William Trevor

Love and Summer
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2009, 224 pages
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    Oct 2010, 224 pages

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Novel set in mid 20th century Ireland

"On a June evening some years after the middle of the last century…" begins veteran Irish storyteller William Trevor’s fourteenth novel. Though this sentence initially sounds like the invitation to a fairy tale, Trevor’s trademark lack of sentimentality and dry wit soon kick in as he describes the disappointments of a dying woman: "As death approached, she had feared she would now be obliged to join her husband and prayed she would not have to. Her daughter she was glad to part from; her son…Mrs Connulty had wept to leave behind." Anyone drawn to the title and expecting a Nicholas Sparks/Bridges of Madison County-style romance should approach with caution, but those who appreciate exquisitely paced narratives and keen emotional insights will relish this bracing examination of love and its limits.

Now 80, Trevor has spent a lifetime crafting powerful stories ...

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