A Bit on the Side

William Trevor - Author

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ISBN 9780143035916 | 256 pages | 27 Sep 2005 | Penguin | 5.11 x 7.87in | 18 - AND UP
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  • NYPL Books to Remember 2004
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"Trevor is probably the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language." —The New Yorker

William Trevor is truly a Chekhov for our age, and a new collection of stories from him is always a cause for celebration. In these twelve stories, a waiter divulges a shocking life of crime to his ex-wife; a woman repeats the story of her parents’ unstable marriage after a horrible tragedy; a schoolgirl regrets gossiping about the cuckolded man who tutors her; and, in the volume’s title story, a middle-aged accountant offers his reasons for ending a love affair. At the heart of this stunning collection is Trevor’s characteristic tenderness and unflinching eye for both the humanizing and dehumanizing aspects of modern urban and rural life.

Every story here is a model example of just how much a great writer can reveal in a short space. (Newsweek)

A Bit on the Side is a wonderful book… William Trevor really is the best short story writer alive. (Michael Dirda, The Washington Post)

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