This is my second William Trevor read and it is a collection of short stories. This collection shines with the quality of William Trevor’s wordsmithing. His writing was exquisite in this collection and I enjoyed every one of these gems, from the The Piano Tuner’s Wives, a story about a man’s second wife usurping the memory of the first to The Potato Dealer, about a man paid to marry an unwed pregnant girl with unexpectedly melancholic consequences. My favorite was probably A Day, a slice of life of a wife keeping her husband’s secret, even from him.
I would highly recommend this book, even if you are not normally a reader of short stories. The stories feel like a window into people’s lives, their hopes, dreams and fears. There is a sense of authentic emotion in the writing. William Trevor is definitely a master of his craft.