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Family Sins and Other Stories

by William Trevor

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This 1990 collection is mostly rooted in Ireland, and I would say that the better stories are set in rural Ireland, in the relatively impoverished 1940s and 50s. Occasionally Trevor turns his attention to the south of England. When a story is set further afield, in Italy or Switzerland, it invaribly deals with the English abroad.

My favorite was the last story, "Kathleen's Field," a heart-breakingly simple story of poverty set in 1948 rural Ireland.

Trevor's more recent collections of short stories are full of masterpieces. This one seemed to have a few "near misses" and one or two other stories that didn't really come close to hitting their mark. Most of the stories are comfortably "above average," but I don't think this set really represents Trevor at his peak. ( )
  yooperprof | Feb 14, 2012 |
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