William Trevor has long been hailed as the master of the short story. His new collection, The Hill Bachelors, is an elegant, heartbreaking book about men and women and their missed opportunities. Here we meet three people in a small suburban house whose lives are frozen in a conspiracy of silence that precludes love's consummation: a nine-year-old who harbors a dream that a movie part will win her the greatest trophy of all--an end to her fragmented family life; a brother and sister who must forge a new life amid the terrible beauty of Ireland after the rebellion; and in the title story, a young man who must choose between a life with his longtime love and a life of solitude--wedded only to the family farm.
Much like his bestselling collection, After Rain, these twelve beautifully rendered tales once again prove Trevor's unrivaled sympathy for the human condition.
"There is no better short story writer in the English-speaking world."--The Wall Street Journal
"With his exquisite control of language and unsparing vision, Trevor serves up the pain of ordinary life with such precision that it feels like a physical ache to comprehend it." --The Boston Sunday Globe...Continua