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The Story of Lucy Gault
WILLIAM TREVOR

The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
66 reviews (2002) (240p)
Man Booker Prize Finalist

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Book Description
The stunning new novel from highly acclaimed author William Trevor is a brilliant, subtle, and moving story of love, guilt, and forgiveness. The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of violence leads the parents of nine-year-old Lucy to decide to leave for England, her mother's home. Lucy cannot bear the thought of leaving Lahardane, their country house with its beautiful land and nearby beach, and a dog she has befriended. On the day before they are to leave, Lucy runs away, hoping to convince her parents to stay. Instead, she sets off a series of tragic misunderstandings that affect all of Lahardane's inhabitants for the rest of their lives.


Amazon.com Review
A difficult novel for any parent to read, William Trevor's The Story of Lucy Gault recounts the tale of a young girl whose Protestant family is driven from its rural Irish home in 1921. Eight-year-old Lucy is in love with Lahardane: the old house itself, the woods, the nearby beach, the shells and fir cones and sticks that she collected like treasure. The day before her family is scheduled to flee Ireland, leaving the house and furnishings in the care of trusted servants, Lucy runs away. Her parents, finding a scrap of her clothing on the beach, assume the worst. Days later, they leave Lahardane, choosing not to settle in England, as they had planned, but to roam Europe in their grief, leaving no forwarding address. But Lucy has not killed herself; she's only broken her leg in the woods. Eventually she makes it back to the house to find her parents gone. She spends her childhood waiting to be forgiven for her wicked act, postponing all happiness until she can be reunited with her mother and father. Revealing more of the plot will spoil this lovely novel for its many readers. It is enough to note that Trevor's characteristic depth and emotional complexity are fully realized here in the watchful reticence of his young heroine and the strange but beautiful way she finds to express her own forgiveness. --Regina Marler


Other Award Winning Books by William Trevor
Selected Stories by William Trevor
14 reviews (2010) (576p) (NYTimes) (ALA)
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Cheating at Canasta by William Trevor
14 reviews (2007) (240p) (ALA)
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Death in Summer by William Trevor
27 reviews (1998) (224p) (LATimes)
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After Rain: Stories by William Trevor
17 reviews (1996) (320p) (NYTimes) (ALA)
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Felicia's Journey by William Trevor
48 reviews (1995) (240p) (LATimes)
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The Collected Stories by William Trevor
18 reviews (1994) (386p) (NYTimes) (LATimes) (ALA)
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TWO LIVES by William Trevor
3 reviews (1991) (p) (NYTimes)
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Reading Turgenev by William Trevor
3 reviews (1991) (384p) (Booker)
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William Trevor Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 6  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 6  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 2 Reading Turgenev · The Story of Lucy Gault ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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