|Fools of Fortune (1983) [Novel]|
by William Trevor
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For young Willie, life seems idyllic in the manor in Ireland where he lives with his parents and sisters. He fears the day when he will be sent away to boarding school. We are early in the 20th century and bits of information about the troubles in the world sneak their way in. Then, one day, the Black and Tan come to mete out a terrible revenge for the killing of one of their informers. Only Willie and his mother survive. Willie is sent to the local school, his mother sinks away in depression and drink. Later, Willie is at the boarding school his father had attended, and then one day, he takes over the family mill. He falls in love with his English cousin, Marianne, but doesn't have the courage to tell her. They finally meet again, at his mother's funeral. They have one passionate night together, but he has changed, a decision has been made. When Marianne returns, pregnant with his child, he has disappeared, for good reason. She is taken in by the family, raises their daughter, but the memories of the many horrors of her past prove to much for young Imelda. In old age they meet again.
Original title: Fools of Fortune
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles→ Ireland