Fools of Fortune

Fools of Fortune

Written by:
Introduction by: Francine Prose

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143039624
  • 224 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Penguin Classics is proud to welcome William Trevor—”Ireland’s 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 informer’s 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 mother’s bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie is unable to leave the terrible injuries of the past behind.
  • First time in Penguin Classics

  • Winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award


“William Trevor at his best.” —The New York Times

“Arresting, powerful, and indelible. A story of courage and love… as tender and wistful as an Irish lament.” —The Washington Post