“The music ceased, the whine of the needle on the empty centre of the record so faint it was hardly anything. Still dwelling in his exile, Florian finished his cigarette and stubbed it out in the grass. The sun was slipping away, the evening light becoming dusky. Jessie clambered to her feet when he did, went back with him to the drawing-room, where he lifted the needle off. In the kitchen he put sausages on to fry.” (Love and Summer, p. 61)
Thank you all for joining The Reader’s Den in reading Love and Summer by William Trevor.
For further reading you may enjoy these titles mentioned in the novel:
The Beautiful and the Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Razor's Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham
The Fashion in Shrouds, by Margery Allingham
The Crime at Black Dudley, by Margery Allingham
And, if you would really like to get into the spirit of the novel check out Old Moore's Almanac, which is mentioned in Love and Summer as where Dillahan stores money for the insurance man (p.19).
Other great titles from William Trevor include:
The Story of Lucy Gault
The Hill Bachelors
A Bit on the Side
Cheating at Canasta
Also, listen to author Jhumpa Lahiri read from William Trevor’s short story "A Day".
Finally, some more award-winning fiction from contemporary Irish authors:
John Banville, The Sea
Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture
Emma Donoghue, Room
Colm Toibin, The Master
We look forward to reading You Know Nothing of My Work! by Douglas Coupland with you in April.