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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022069
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 6.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Trevor’s four most recent short story collections—After Rain (1996), The Hill Bachelors (2000), A Bit on the Side (2004), and Cheating at Canasta (2007)—merge all their pages into this deep reservoir into which avid fiction readers will dip repeatedly. Whether a story found in this magnificent accumulation is new to the reader or familiar, Trevor’s technical skills—for instance, abrupt time shifts that are seamless and add rich layering to both plot and characterization, and pinpoint-perfect word choice resonant as a subtle but effective spice—can be readily recognized by readers with an eye to fiction construction; but on the other hand, these skills will be unconsciously gathered by readers unconcerned with technical analysis. In this master storyteller’s hands, rural Ireland becomes the cosmos in which every one of us feels at home. The unfortunate ending of a friendship, the pain of a wife’s discovery of her husband’s affair, a husband’s sacrifice of his affair so his mistress won’t be regarded as just someone’s “bit on the side”—these specific situations assemble under the book’s umbrella theme of ordinary life as undulating waves of pleasures and crises. High-Demand Backstory: Irishman Trevor probably won’t be making any author tours in this country, but it is very likely his new book will be a cover review of the New York Times Book Review and will certainly be reviewed—and positively if not enthusiastically—everyplace else as well. --Brad Hooper

About the Author

William Trevor is the author of twenty-nine books, including Felicia’s Journey, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was made into a motion picture. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Lannan Award for Fiction. In 2001, he won the Irish Times Literature Prize for fiction. Two of his books were chosen by The New York Times as best books of the year, and his short stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. In 1997, he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire. He lives in Devon, England.

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William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork. He has written many novels, and has won many prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His most recent novel Love and Summer was longlisted for the Booker Prize. He is also a renowned short-story writer, and his two-volume Collected Stories was published by Viking Penguin in 2009. In 1999 William Trevor received the prestigious David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement, and in 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature. He now lives in Devon.

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We only read about 20 stories for our book club.
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This is the second volume of short stories of a marvelous,prolific Irish writer.
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These stories are told in simple yet beautiful prose and are timeless.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Digger Dan on November 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I started reading William Trevor only last year but have been devouring his beautifully written short stories and novels at a fast clip ever since. Although owning paperback versions of his four most recent anthologies of short stories that make up this collection, I wanted a hardback that was going to see me out and I wasn't disappointed with the quality of the production. The binding and paper are much better than the two-volume Collected Stories published last year in the UK which updates the 1992 one-volume Collected Stories by adding the latest four anthologies. There's no introduction to Selected Stories but that's a small quibble against the pleasure in re-reading stories that contain so much seemingly effortless insight into the little (and sometimes big) things that make up our lives.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on December 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The benefit of a successful writing career is that without producing anything new, your work continues to be published. Mark Twain's autobiography presently occupies the fourth spot on Amazon's top 100 selling books. Not bad for a writer who died 100 years ago. William Trevor is very much alive and has four O. Henry Prizes, three Whitbread Prizes, and the recognition as "the greatest living writer of short stories in the English Language" to his credit. His accomplishments are even greater when you consider that he did not begin serious writing until he was in his 30s.

SELECTED STORIES gathers 48 pieces from Trevor's last four collections. This one serves as a second volume to THE COLLECTED STORIES, published in 1992. These current selections focus on life using humor and realism. Short stories are more than brief narratives; they still must be complete tales. Trevor shows a remarkable ability to say things in his short stories without actually putting the words on the page. He avoids the first person in his writing and simply tells his story through the voice of a storyteller. It's a formula that wears well for his readers.

The Irish-born Trevor sets most of his tales in England and Ireland. In "Child's Play," Gerald and Rebecca are the individual children of parents who have lived through tumultuous marriages. The kids become part of a new family when their parents are married, which allows them to live together in a unique and imaginary world. As the relationship in the newly formed family deteriorates, the imaginary games that had come to them by chance, "...a gift thrown out from other people's circumstances," come to an end. "Helplessness was their natural state."

Life events are an important element in Trevor's stories.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By rpg1408 on December 21, 2010
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This is the second volume of short stories of a marvelous,prolific Irish writer.William Trevor's stories ,like his novels,are cannot easily be categorized.They can be funny,as well as dark and disturbing(his later stories are darker than his earlier ones),full of sharp observations about love gained and lost,ambitions realized and frustrated, remembrance and regret among sharply drawn Irish and English people.Readers who read this book will be compelled to read his earlier stories and novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By janebbooks on July 20, 2012
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March 2011. A few weeks ago the NY Times released its 10 best books of 2010. It came as no surprise to me that SELECTED STORIES of William Trevor, a volume of 48 stories published in November, was one of the ten. SELECTED STORIES contains short fiction from Trevor's most recent collections...After Rain (1996), The Hill Bachelors (2000), A Bit on the Side (2004), and Cheating at Canasta (2007). The NY Times Book Review calls the stories "treasures of gorgeous writing, brilliant dialogue, and unforgettable lives."

William Trevor was born in 1928 in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland. He spent his childhood in provincial Ireland and attended Irish secondary schools before entering Trinity College. He has written many prize-winning novels and collections of short stories. In 1992 Trevor's THE COLLECTED STORIES from his first seven smaller collections was chosen by the NY Times as one of the best books of the year. And now his second volume of stories has achieved the same award.

"...unforgettable lives" not dysfunctional families. A vivid, almost painful at times, picture of relationships in a setting evoking a strong sense of place....especially the stories set in rural and small-town Ireland.

For a smaller volume of stories, may I suggest the Penguin paperback (1998) entitled Ireland? It contains my two favorite Trevor stories--"The Paradise Lounge" and "The Ballroom of Romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl on September 6, 2012
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I have never been a fan of short stories, but I recently joined a book club devoted to just that kind of reading. Thank goodness this book was the focus of the meetings. Each week the stories and discussions have opened new insights and provided lots of enjoyment for me. I'm amazed that the writer can offer so much depth and experience in such a short space. Highly recommended!
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