After Rain

After Rain

Large Print - 1997
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' Chosen by the editors of The New York Times Book Review as one of the eight best books of 1996, and by the Boston Globe as one of the six best books of fiction of 1996? Appeared on several bestseller lists, including The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Village Voice Literary Supplement? William Trevor was the recipient of a 1996 Lannan Literary Award for fiction? Felicia's Journey, William Trevor's previous national bestseller, won England's prestigious Whitbread Fiction Prize and the Sunday Express Prize.' American Library Association Notable BookWilliam Trevor has long been hailed as one of the greatest living writers of the short story. In this collection of twelve dazzling, acutely rendered tales, he once again plumbs the depths of the human heart. Here we meet a blind piano tuner whose wonderful memories of his first wife are cruelly distorted by his second; a woman in a difficult marriage who must chose between her indignant husband and her closest friend; two children, survivors of divorce, who mimic their parents? melodramas; a heartbroken woman traveling alone in Italy who experiences an epiphany studying a forgotten artist's Annunciation.Trevor is, in his own words, ?a storyteller. My fiction may, now and again, illuminate aspects of the human condition, but I do not consciously set out to do so.' Conscious or not, he touches us in ways that few writers even dare to try.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : G.K. Hall, 1997
ISBN: 9780783880525
Branch Call Number: FIC TREVOR 1997
Characteristics: pages cm


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Aug 13, 2018

After Rain is one of the two best collections of short stories by William Trevor, who may well be the greatest writer ever of short fiction in English. [The other collection is, I think, The Hill Bachelors.] Particularly striking are "The Piano Tuner's Wives" and "Widows" in which characters are forced to make decisions affecting their experience of life in happy marriages after the deaths of their spouses--experiences which in different ways are now challenged.

Of Trevor, Jhumpa Lahiri (herself winner of the Pulitzer Prize for a volume of stories) has written: "I struggle to absorb the measured grace of his sentences, the quietly devastating emotional content of his work. There are stories ... I have read perhaps twenty times. They are always heartbreaking, always humbling. They guide me when I am lost, and on the rare occasions I am feeling complacent, they remind me of how much I have to learn."

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

One of Ireland's prizewinning authors, William Trevor explores the complexities of the human heart in twelve absorbing stories. His understanding and compassion for the foibles and idiosyncrasies of our intimate relationships shine through his masterly prose. Two Lives and Felicia\'s Journey are two others not to be missed.


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