William Trevor has established himself among the most celebrated authors of the past century. In 1997, he was named honorary Commander of the British Empire for his contributions to literature.
A New York Times best-seller, Death in Summer is hailed as “astonishing” by the Los Angeles Times< Book Review. Thaddeus Davenant’s wife has just died in an automobile accident, leaving him to raise their infant daughter alone. Haunted by his wife’s sudden death, Thaddeus agrees with his mother-in-law that the househould needs a nanny to help raise the child. Although she doesn’t get the job, one young woman forms an immediate, secret attachment to Thaddeus and the baby—an attachment that will eventually become dangerous.
Death in Summer is Trevor at his finest—his fluid, poetic prose and profound understanding of human nature make for an amazingly graceful novel. Simon Prebble delivers a sumptuous reading that equals the deep compassion of this remarkable book.
"To open William Trevor's ... novel and begin to read is to step into a rarefied world as of a perfect English garden where tea is served on a golden afternoon. It is easy to be beguiled by its harmonies and its design although after a little while once could begin to find it enclosed and confining." (The New York Review of Books, Anita Desai)
"For all the wit and charm of Death in Summer, horror stories don't get much more hair-raising than this." (Time, Paul Gray)
"Trevor is a master at furnishing realistic detail and withholding it. He knows when to suggest, when to suspend, when to mystify and when to reveal. His narrative has the turns, the hesitations, the flashes of wit and the broken configurations of dance; he is a Balanchine of fiction." (The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Richard Eder)
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Master of subtlety
Just not my kind of book.
- Jay Quintana