After Rain: Stories by William Trevor

By William Trevor

After Rain - Twelve awesome tales via the grasp storyteller William Trevor

'There is not any larger brief tale author within the English-speaking world'
Wall highway magazine

In this selection of twelve incredible, acutely rendered stories, William Trevor plumbs the depths of the human middle.

Here we stumble upon a blind piano tuner whose significant thoughts of his first spouse are cruelly distorted by way of his moment; a lady in a tough marriage who needs to choose from her angry husband and her closest pal; kids, survivors of divorce, who mimic their parents' melodramas; and a heartbroken lady touring by myself in Italy who studies an epiphany whereas learning a forgotten artist's Annunciation.

Trevor is, in his personal phrases, 'a storyteller. My fiction may perhaps, every so often, light up elements of the human , yet i don't consciously got down to do so.'

Conscious or now not, he touches us in ways in which few writers even dare to aim.

If you loved the tale of Lucy Gault and Love and summer time, you are going to love this publication. it's going to even be loved by means of readers of Colm Toibin, George Saunders and James Joyce.

William Trevor used to be born in Mitchelstown, County Cork. He has written eighteen novels and novellas, and enormous quantities of brief tales, for which he has received a couple of prizes together with the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire publish booklet of the yr Award, the Whitbread booklet of the yr Award and the David Cohen Literature Prize in attractiveness of a lifetime's literary fulfillment. In 2002 he was once knighted for his prone to literature.

His books in Penguin are: After Rain; a piece at the facet; physically secrets and techniques; dishonest at Canasta; the youngsters of Dynmouth; The accrued tales (Volumes One and Two); loss of life in summer time; Felicia's trip; Fools of Fortune; The Hill Bachelors; Love and summer time; The Mark-2 spouse; chosen tales; the tale of Lucy Gault and Lives.

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But it wasn’t only their strength he envied, it was their sureness and sensitivity—when they held a thing, you could see how it felt—and the aura of mastery they imparted to everything Earl Wheeler used: the creaking pigskin handle of his salesman’s briefcase, the hafts of all his woodworking tools, the thrillingly dangerous stock and trigger of his shotgun. The briefcase had been of particular fascination to Frank at the age of five or six; it always stood in the shadows of the front hallway in the evenings, and sometimes after supper he would saunter manfully up to it and pretend it was his own.

18 RICHARD YATES She was waiting for him in the dressing room, ready with a pleasant social face for any of the Laurel Players they might happen to meet on the way out, but they managed to avoid them all. She led him through a side door that opened onto fifty yards of empty, echoing high-school corridor and they walked without touching each other and without speaking, moving in and out of the oblongs of moonlight that lay on the marble floor. The smell of school in the darkness, pencils and apples and library paste, brought a sweet nostalgic pain to his eyes and he was fourteen again, and it was the year he’d lived in Chester, Pennsylvania—no, in Englewood, New Jersey— and spent all his free time in a plan for riding the rails to the West Coast.

Only after making these discoveries did he begin to remember the events of the night—how he’d sat here drinking until four in the morning, methodically scratching his scalp with both hands, convinced that sleep was out of the question. And only after remembering this did his mind come into focus on an explanation of the noise: it was his own rusty lawnmower, which needed oiling. Somebody was cutting the grass in the back yard, a thing he had promised to do last weekend. 36 RICHARD YATES He rolled heavily upright and groped for his bathrobe, moistening the wrinkled roof of his mouth.

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