Synopses & Reviews
Felicia is unmarried, pregnant, and penniless. She steals away from a small Irish town and drifts through the industrial English Midlands, searching for the boyfriend who left her. Instead she meets up with the fat, fiftyish, unfailingly reasonable Mr. Hilditch, who is looking for a new friend to join the five other girls in his Memory Lane. But the strange, sad, terrifying tricks of chance unravel both his and Felicia's delusions in a story that will magnetize fans of Alfred Hitchcock and Ruth Rendell even as it resonates with William Trevor's own "impeccable strength and piercing profundity" (The Washington Post Book World).
"A page-turner marked by brilliant psychological suspense."
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Perfectly executed and chilling . . . A sad and oddly moving tale of lost opportunities and misplaced hopes."
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"A battle for the soul, waged between the forces of good and evil . . . Mr. Trevor shows just how wise and wry and funny and morally astute an observer of the human comedy he is."
Patrick McGrath, front page, The New York Times Book Review
"A thriller lifted to the level of high art . . ."
"In thirteen novels and eight short-story collections [William Trevor] has shown himself a close observer, a fine stylist, a master psychologist. In Felicia's Journey . . . he brings all these qualities into play, and adds to them a teasing manipulation of the reader's sensibilities, so that the book has the elegant tensions of a high-class thriller."
The New York Review of Books
"One of the very best writers of our era."
Front page, The Washington Post Book World
An unmarried Irish girl, pregnant and penniless, drifting through the industrial English Midlands in search of the boyfriend who left her, instead meets Mr. Hilditch, fat, fiftyish, unfailingly reasonable--who is looking for a new friend to join the other girls of his "Memory Lane". "Perfectly executed and chilling".--New York Times.
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.