William Trevor's astonishing range as a writer--his humor, subtlety, and compassionate grasp of human behavior--is fully demonstrated in these two short novels. In Reading Turgenev, a lonely country girl escapes her loveless marriage in the arms of a bookish young man. In My House in Umbria, a former madam befriends the other survivors of a terrorist bombing with surprising results. Nominated for the Booker Award.
Two short novels, one set in Ireland and one in Italy, linked by the theme of a woman living in circumstances so harsh that she resorts to fiction as an escape from grim reality. In Reading Turgenev, Marie Louise Dallon finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage with a middle-aged Irish shopkeeper. She rediscovers a childhood friend, a cousin who reads Turgenev to her and unlocks a passion in her still virginal breast which helps her to survive his sudden death and her own dour surroundings. In 'my house in Umbria' Emily Dela Lunty - alias Caro Lamore - abandons a lucrative position as Madam of an African brothel to run a sedate pensione in Umbria. She escapes her sordid past by writing romantic fiction until she becomes the victim of a terrorist bomb explosion. Having invited fellow survivors to recuperate in Umbria she find herself involved in a situation stranger and more moving than any of her own invention. William Trevor is a masterly storyteller and Two Lives is as powerful and sensitive as anything he has written. (Kirkus UK)
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: April 1992
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 12.7 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.257