Today’s Book of the Day is Love and Summer by William Trevor. Set in the little town of Rathmoye, Ireland, this story opens at Mrs. Connulty’s funeral. When Florian Kilderry shows up at the funeral on a bike with his camera, he causes quite the stir in the community.
Florian came to the photograph the burned-down theater in the town and escape his past. He has a run-in with Ellie Dillahan, a shy orphan, who changes his plans. What unfolds is a love affair that forces Ellie to make some tough decisions. While Ellie makes these decisions, Miss Connulty deals with her mother’s death. In her past, she also had an affair and has decided to keep an eye on Ellie so she doesn’t repeat the same mistakes.
William Trevor grew up in Ireland and has published fourteen novels. He boasts numerous awards, and his most recent novel, The Story of Lucy Gault, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Fiction Prize and the Man Booker Prize.