Synopses & Reviews
"To my mind Trevor's best novel and a very fine one." Graham Greene
Penguin Classics is proud to welcome William Trevor"Ireland's answer to Chekhov" (The Boston Globe) and "one of the best writers of our era" (The Washington Post)to our distinguished list of literary masters. In this award-winning novel, an informer's body is found on the estate of a wealthy Irish family shortly after the First World War, and an appalling cycle of revenge is set in motion. Led by a zealous sergeant, the Black and Tans set fire to the family home, and only young Willie and his mother escape alive. Fatherless, Willie grows into manhood while his alcoholic mother's bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie is unable to leave the terrible injuries of the past behind.
Willie Quinton, a child of eight, is becoming acutely aware that his Protestant parents are supporters of Irish Home Rule. His father and sisters are killed, but Willie surpresses the memory of their deaths until he grows up and falls in love with his English cousin Marianne.
About the Author
was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in 1928, and spent his childhood in provincial Ireland. He is the author of more than thirty books and is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Francine Prose is the author of thirteen books of fiction, including the novel Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award.'