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The Dressmaker's Child
William Trevor has won just about every literary award possible and he is frequently described by critics as the best short-story writer alive. His novels and short stories have been published in Penguin for the last forty years. The Dressmaker's Child contains two stories chosen by the author from recent collections together with a story appearing in book form for the fir ...more
Paperback, Pocket Penguin 70s #22, 55 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Penguin Books
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I've read these short stories before, when I was younger, and they didn't seem to have much impact on me. But I read through them again last night and discovered how haunting, disturbing, and elegantly simple each story is. The story that had the strongest impact on me was 'The Piano Tuner's Wives' - Belle is just too much. Trevor seems to have a knack for creating ghostly, selfish, and unalterably human characters.
William Trevor, KBE grew up in various provincial towns and attended a number of schools, graduating from Trinity College, in Dublin, with a degree in history. He first exercised his artistry as a sculptor, working as a teacher in Northern Ireland and then emigrated to England in search of work when the school went bankrupt. He could have returned to Ireland once he became a successful writer, he ...moreMore about William Trevor...