(1994 Whitbread Award Winner) A four-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, three-time winner of the Whitbread Award, and five-time nominee for the Booker Prize, Irish storyteller William Trevor is "probably the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language," according to The New Yorker and many other sources who have agreed.
"Felicia's Journey succeeds as both psychological thriller and social commentary. Discovering that her first fling has made her pregnant, Felicia escapes from her oppressive Irish family and travels to England in search of her boyfriend, knowing only as much about his job as he has told her. Still unaware of her lover's duplicity, the naive young girl is again deceived by an older man's offer to assist her in her search. Mr. Hilditch is a fat, genial-looking gentleman with an unholy penchant for befriending damsels in distress. The tension builds as their lives connect, finally bursting not with terror but with pain."—Library Journal