Penguin Classics is proud to welcome William Trevor Irelands answer to Chekhov (The Boston Globe) and one of the best writers of our era (The Washington Post)to our distinguished list of literary masters. In this award-winning novel, an informers body is found on the estate of a wealthy Irish family shortly after the First World War, and an appalling cycle of revenge is set in motion. Led by a zealous sergeant, the Black and Tans set fire to the family home, and only young Willie and his mother escape alive. Fatherless, Willie grows into manhood while his alcoholic mothers bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie is unable to leave the terrible injuries of the past behind.