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Elizabeth Alone William Trevor

Elizabeth Alone - William Trevor

London: The Bodley Head, 1973, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little age-toned.

From the cover: “Much of William Trevor’s writing has been about people who have retreated from the difficulties of life into quirkiness and eccentricity. By contrast, he has built this major new novel round an ‘ordinary’ woman. Elizabeth Aidallbery is forty-one, divorced, the mother of three daughters. Since childhood she has been haunted by feelings of inadequacy and guilt, and she looks back now on a marriage that was a mistake and on a love affair that has lost its lustre. Her eldest daughter, Joanna, doesn’t have conversations with her any more, her mother has insisted on entering an old people’s home, her two younger daughters are noisily growing up. She could marry again: Henry, her childhood companion, is divorced himself and determined that he can begin his life again in middle age, with Elizabeth to lean on.

In the Cheltenham Street Women’s Hospital, where she has a hysterectomy, Elizabeth meets three other women whose lives, also, are not without difficulties. Lily Drucker can’t have a baby, Sylvie is engaged to a dubious Irishman, Miss Samson is trying to forget an unhappy discovery she has made concerning the late Mr Ibbs, second only to God in Miss Samson’s heart.

In the Marie Atkins Ward the worlds of these four women meet, while outside the hospital those worlds continue. Henry clears the rubbish from his house in preparation for his new life with Elizabeth. Lily Drucker’s mother-in-law insidiously undermines her. Sylvie’s Declan tries desperately to raise money to pay the debts he has incurred. Miss Samson’s Christian friends arrange a holiday for her in Bexhill-on-Sea.”

Jacket designed by David Hughes. Size: 8" x 5¼". Turquoise boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
Elizabeth Alone William Trevor