Fools of Fortune

Fools of Fortune

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Penguin Classics is proud to welcome William Trevor--"Ireland's answer to Chekhov" (The Boston Globe) and "one of the best writers of our era" (The Washington Post)--to our distinguished list of literary masters. In this award-winning novel, an informer's body is found on the estate of a wealthy Irish family shortly after the First World War, and an appalling cycle of revenge is set in motion. Led by a zealous sergeant, the Black and Tans set fire to the family home, and only young Willie and his mother escape alive. Fatherless, Willie grows into manhood while his alcoholic mother's bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie is unable to leave the terrible injuries of the past behind.First time in Penguin Classics

Winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award
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Product details

  • Paperback | 207 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143039628
  • 9780143039624
  • 267,372

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"William Trevor at his best." --The New York Times"Arresting, powerful, and indelible. A story of courage and love... as tender and wistful as an Irish lament." --The Washington Post
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About William Trevor

William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, and spent his childhood in provincial Ireland. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of twenty-nine books, including Felicia's Journey, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was made into a motion picture, and The Story of Lucy Gault, which was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread Fiction Prize. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Lannan Award for Fiction. In 2001, he won the Irish Times Literature Prize for fiction. Two of his books were chosen by The New York Times as best books of the year, and his short stories appeared regularly in The New Yorker. In 1997, he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire.
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Rating details

741 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 32% (236)
4 40% (300)
3 21% (154)
2 6% (42)
1 1% (9)
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