Love and Summer

Love and Summer

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It?s summer and nothing much is happening in Rathmoye. So it doesn?t go unnoticed when a dark-haired stranger appears on his bicycle and begins photographing the mourners at Mrs. Connulty?s funeral. Florian Kilderry couldn?t know that the Connultys are said to own half the town: he has only come to Rathmoye to photograph the scorched remains of its burnt- out cinema.

A few miles out in the country, Dillahan, a farmer and a decent man, has married again: Ellie is the young convent girl who came to work for him when he was widowed. Ellie leads a quiet, routine life, often alone while Dillahan runs the farm.

Florian is planning to leave Ireland and start over. Ellie is settled in her new role as Dillahan?s wife. But Florian?s visit to Rathmoye introduces him to Ellie, and a dangerously reckless attachment begins.

In a characteristically masterly way Trevor evokes the passions and frustrations felt by Ellie and Florian, and by the people of a small Irish town during one long summer.

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670021239
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 22 cm


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In the mid-1950s, Ellie Dillahan, the naive young wife of an older farmer, is content until her dormant emotions are awakened by a charming but feckless bachelor who has plans to soon leave Ireland.

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May 27, 2019

For me an almost perfect read. I had never heard of this Irish author before but he has won many prizes for his novels, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rightfully so. Love and Summer is beautifully written, and - partial spoiler alert - has what I consider to be an excellent ending. There's just enough suspense to keep you reading and not enough to raise your blood pressure too much. The characters, while appealing, are so eccentric that it's a little hard to get a handle on them occasionally. The husband of the heroine is an exception - I felt as though I truly understood him. Beautiful detail of the way the countryside looks, feels and smells. Maybe it's juvenile but I would have liked a map drawn of the villages.

ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2012

"Love and Summer was the fifth of the Irish author's novels to be nominated for the Booker Prize; The New York Times calls it a "work of art."" Fiction A to Z December 2012 newsletter

May 01, 2012

An old-fashioned, sweet Irish story, set in the 1950s.

patienceandfortitude Sep 19, 2011

A beautiful small novel, that is a real gem. It is about a secret summer romance in a small Irish village and the people that are involved and changed as a result. I highly, highly recommend.

Aug 23, 2011

What a sad , sweet tale - I loved it ! William Trevor , you are a master , and to think you published this at age 81 !

Aug 10, 2011

Small towns and circumscribed lives are this book subjects, the setting Ireland sometime mid century. Ellie and Florian are the central characters, but Trevor writes in a whole town of people with unrealized hopes and dreams.

Trevor is a master storyteller; this one is no different than all the wonderful ones read before. The book is a quiet little gem; great for a reading moment in summer.

Dec 13, 2009

It's amazing how much of the human condition is revealed with so few words. Booker Prize Longlist 2009


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