Love and Summer, the latest item from William Trevor's venerable suitcase, is a thrilling work of art."
-The New York Times Book Review
In spare, exquisite prose, master storyteller William Trevor presents a haunting love story about the choices of the heart, and the passions and frustrations of three lives during one long summer. Ellie is a shy orphan girl from the hill country, married to a man whose life has been blighted by an unspeakable tragedy. She lives a quiet life in the Irish village of Rathmoye, until she meets Florian Kilderry, a young photographer preparing to leave Ireland and his past forever. The chance intersection of these two lost souls sets in motion a poignant love affair that requires Ellie to make an impossible choice.
No one is better than William Trevor at charting the turbulent emotional depths which churn beneath the average person's stoic social façade. In a rural Irish village during the 1950s, an orphan named Ellie Dillahan is assigned to keep house for a widowed farmer, whom she eventually feels obliged to marry. She is resigned to a life of domestic duty until she falls for Florian Killderry, a charming young photographer who sees Ellie as a fleeting affair before he leaves Ireland. Complicating matters further, the town matriarch, a spinster named Miss Connulty, has an intense personal interest in protecting Ellie's fragile passions. Trevor's intricately detailed portrait of a small town and a marginal woman struggling to express the extraordinary emotions invoked by everyday life was nominated for the 2009 Man Booker Prize and was selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Literary, Love + Relationships + Sex, Human Qualities + Behavior, General, Conflicts + Dualities, Types of Characters, Settings
- October 26, 2010
- October 26, 2010
- William Trevor