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In a Cafe

(1995)
A collection of stories by

 
 
On an island teeming with masters of the short story, Mary Lavin's distinct voice and devoted following set her apart. Before her death in 1996, this Irish writer had received many honors and prizes not only for her luminous short stories but also for several highly regarded novels. William Trevor praised Lavin's ability to "make moments timeless, to illuminate people and places, words and things, by touching them with the magic of the rarely-gifted storyteller." In a Cafe makes available for the first time in the United States a collection of her most beloved pieces as compiled by her daughter. In masterworks such as the title story, an unsettling portrayal of widowhood, and "The Will," which Lavin considered the finest expression of her art, we recognize the justice in Trevor's declaration that "the short story of today owes her a very great debt."



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"I envy the skill of Mary Lavin. . . . In her capacity to make much out of little, to compress an entire ethos into an apparently banal situation, she reminds us what literature is all about." - Anthony Burgess


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Hardback Editions

May 1995 : UK Hardback
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Title: In a Cafe
Author(s): Mary Lavin
ISBN: 1-86059-000-4 / 978-1-86059-000-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Town House
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Paperback Editions

June 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: In a Cafe: Selected Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics S.)
Author(s): Elizabeth Peavoy, Mary Lavin
ISBN: 0-14-118040-4 / 978-0-14-118040-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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May 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: In a Cafe
Author(s): Mary Lavin
ISBN: 1-86059-001-2 / 978-1-86059-001-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Town House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU