After Rain

After Rain

eBook - 1997
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Twelve remarkable stories by the master storyteller William Trevor "There is no better short story writer in the English-speaking world."—Wall Street Journal In this collection of twelve dazzling, acutely rendered tales, William Trevor plumbs the depths of the human heart. Here we encounter 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 choose between her indignant husband and her closest friend; two children, survivors of divorce, who mimic their parents' melodramas; and a heartbroken woman traveling alone in Italy who experiences an epiphany while 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. Trevor wrote eighteen novels and novellas, and hundreds of short stories, for which he has won a number of prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement. In 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature.
Publisher: 1997
ISBN: 9781440621109
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Burkescholar
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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