By William Trevor

William Trevor is really a Chekhov for our age, and a brand new selection of tales from him is usually a reason for party. In those twelve tales, a waiter divulges a stunning lifetime of crime to his ex-wife; a girl repeats the tale of her parents’ risky marriage after a terrible tragedy; a schoolgirl regrets gossiping in regards to the cuckolded guy who tutors her; and, within the volume’s name tale, a middle-aged accountant bargains his purposes for finishing a love affair. on the middle of this attractive assortment is Trevor’s attribute tenderness and unflinching eye for either the humanizing and dehumanizing facets of recent city and rural lifestyles.

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