Daily Archives: December 9, 2009

Love and Summer by William Trevor

Love and Summer is a melancholic novel about women shut into an oppressive Irish small town with restrictive and circumscribed rules that forever condemn a woman abandoned by an unfaithful lover — and somehow make it possible for another to marry a man she doesn’t love without her realizing that there could be another life for her. The outcome, naturally, is devastating and makes for a very sad, hopeless story, told with great detail and care. Not the book to reach for if you’re looking for something uplifting.

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