In William Trevor's first novel, The Old Boys, a group of septuagenarians' revive schoolboy conflicts in the election of the President of the Association. But now that they possess a fiercer understanding of the things in life that matter--power, revenge, hatred, love, & the failure of love--intrigue & deceit result. In his second novel, The Boarding House, William Wagner Bird takes in boarders whom society would never miss. With these misfits, Trevor has created a world where people are identified by their quirks rather than by their character. In his third novel, The Love Department, Lady Delores cures the heartaches of the lonely wives of Wimbledon with inimitable flourish & finesse. When her newest protege, Edward Blakeston-Smith is sent on a mission to discover the secrets of seductive & scheming Septimus Tuam & stop him in his tracks--he learns about love & its friends & enemies. In these early novels, one of the acclaimed masters of twentieth-century fiction created dark & compassionate characters that have become hallmarks of his extraordinary literary career. "One of the very best writers of our era." --The Washington Post Book World "Mr. Trevor's sheer intensity of entry into the lives of his people ... proceeds to uncover new layers of yearning & pain, new angles of vision & credible thought." --The New York Times Book Review.