William Trevor’s writing is as much about what isn’t expressed as what is – a study in negative space. A deliberate, slightly ominous rhythm propels the stories in A Bit on the Side, and the small-scale characters (a prep-school maid, a troubled priest, an adulterous accountant) are conjured fully with a few well-chosen observations: ”One shoulder taking the weight against the door-jamb, a single curler left in her hair, slippers on her feet and the folded arms.” Each tale is rich with the layered depth of a novel. A piece like ”Sacred Statues” – about a poor woman who considers selling her baby to support her husband’s artistic gift – leaves you pleasantly disoriented, as if just emerging from a thick forest.
A Bit on the Side William Trevor's writing is as much about what isn't expressed as what is -- a study in negative space. A deliberate, slightly ominous rhythm propels ...A Bit on the SideFictionWilliam Trevor William Trevor's writing is as much about what isn't expressed as what is -- a study in negative space. A deliberate, slightly ominous rhythm propels ...2004-09-24Viking
Genre: Fiction; Author: William Trevor; Publisher: Viking
Posted September 24 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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