Falling. William Trevor’s latest novel, Love and Summer, captures the essence of love: an uncontrollable falling. Protagonist Ellie Dillahan was raised on a convent, and ends up marrying a widowed farmer for whom she was a housekeeper. Although childless, there is no indication that she is unsatisfied in her life. Trevor presents the summer in which she photographer Florian Kilderry. Florian is in town for the summer to sell his late parents’ house, and while he is interested in Ellie, it is she who falls in love with him. Neither character is stereotypical in Trevor’s hands: Ellie is both naïve and experienced; Florian is feckless, but not cruel. Other characters, especially Miss Connulty, add depth to theme of love and its consequences.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)