Author: William Trevor
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: March 08, 1968
William Bird has always taken in boarders who are on the fringes of society: the petty conman, the immigrant who's never been able to fit in, the blustering officer who really doesn't know what's what , and the just plain lonely. He's built a unique place with a unique atmosphere. But then he realizes he's dying, and he decides to leave the place to the two tenants likely to cause the greatest amount of trouble, and the whole enterprise goes up in smoke.
William Trevor's dark comedy, reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark, was his second novel.