The William Trevor Reader

Adam O'Fallon Price
In which I am reading and writing about all 85 of William Trevor's Collected Stories in sequential order
Created 29 Jun 2021
  • "The Penthouse Apartment"
    10 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    “The Penthouse Apartment” is a very long story by William Trevor’s standards, and I’m not entirely sure it earns its page count. The main character, Mrs. Winton—an elderly spinster, you’ll perhaps be ...
  • "A School Story"
    03 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Six stories in, and “A School Story” is our first encounter with a first-person narrator; if memory serves, the remainder of the collection maintains something like this ratio, and we get about five t...
  • "The Table"
    27 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    This is a weird one. “The Table” tells the story of Mr. Jeffs, a Jewish antique dealer who buys an antique Louis XVI table from a Mrs. Hammonds for a very low price. Mrs. Hammonds’s husband subsequent...
  • "Memories of Youghal"
    20 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 4 3
    In “Memories of Youghal,” we again see William Trevor’s unusual facility with occupying multiple consciousnesses in a story. In this case, the focalized point of view moves from a Miss Ticher, on vaca...
  • "The General's Day"
    13 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 5
    The titular general in “The General’s Day” is General Suffolk, an elderly bachelor and hero of the Great War. We follow him on his also titular day: contentiously greeting his housekeeper Mrs. Hinch; ...
  • "Access to the Children"
    06 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    In a way, I owe the genesis of The William Trevor Reader to this one story. “Access to the Children” might not have been the first Trevor piece I read, but it was the first I fell in love with. I didn...
  • "A Meeting in Middle Age"
    29 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 3 2
    They tritely say that all journeys begin with a single step, and so we begin this journey through William Trevor’s The Collected Stories with “A Meeting in Middle Age.” Summary: as the title would sug...
  • Introduction
    22 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Welcome to the William Trevor Reader! Here’s the plan: once a week, every week, I will read one story from William Trevor’s The Collected Stories and write about it. There are 85 stories in this volum...
  • William Trevor's Collected Stories
    29 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read
    Welcome to The William Trevor Reader by me, Adam O'Fallon Price. Author of 2020 Edgar Award Winner THE HOTEL NEVERSINK丨Stories in Harper's, The Paris Review, Granta, VICE, etc丨Staff writer at The Mill...
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