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March Reader's Den: "Love and Summer" by William Trevor

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"On the streets of darkened towns, on roads that are often his alone, bright sudden moments pierce the dark: reality at second hand spreads in an emptiness." — Page 211

It's March and the end of winter is in sight! I’d like to set the mood for this month's Reader's Den and the warm light of the upcoming months with a novel set in a more golden season. Although it is, in fact, still March, so why not honor St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish author whose novel is set in Ireland? Enter Love and Summer by William Trevor. 

If you are someone still pining for February valentines or are yearning for poetry in April, this novel has something to offer you as well. It is a delicate love story written with balanced prose that evokes the temperature, the light, and the emotion of the story through thoughtful, spare words.

Ellie, an orphan, has a routine-driven life married to the widower Dillahan. She rides her bicycle from their farmhouse to the fictitious Irish town of Rathmoye once a week to deliver eggs and pick up necessities, connecting with the town’s locals. When a young photographer, Florian Kilderry, makes her acquaintance, love arrives quietly, in the way he holds his cigarette. In this novel, Trevor guides us through familiar emotions — passion and disappointment — creating hyper-real portraits with photographic details of the tablecloth pattern and the latch of the farmhouse gate during one gracefully composed summer.

Please join me this month in reading Love and Summer, and leave your comments and questions at any time.

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