‘A Day’ by William Trevor

Trevor, William 1993

A Day by William Trevor, 1993

The magic trick:

Creating an entire story as aftermath

Stories are supposed to feature certain crucial elements, right? Rising action, falling action, all that fun stuff. Well, this story doesn’t really feature any of that. The two defining moments of our protagonist’s life occurred several years before the story begins. So, really, the entire narrative we get on this day in question is nothing but aftermath. A very interesting way to demonstrate cause-and-effect and the way it can slowly break someone’s life. And that’s quite a trick on Trevor’s part.

The selection:

Mrs. Lethwes said nothing in the Hotel Saint George and she hasn’t since. He doesn’t know she knows. She hopes nothing shows. She sat for an hour on the terrace working it out.

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2 Comments on “‘A Day’ by William Trevor”

  1. Jay says:

    I read this a few years ago in Trevor’s “After Rain” collection. It wasn’t one of my favorites, and what I most remember was that it was quite the sad story. I consider Trevor, in general, though to be a genius. There were several other stories in that book that are among my all time favorites.

  2. bcw56 says:

    all-time favorites? wow.. what are some of the titles you recommend? I feel like I haven’t read anything by him that really grabbed me, so maybe I need some direction..


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