Why this book?
By far the best book I have read in a decade, Williams’ gifts as a writer are many but this book stands out for the pitch-perfect ‘ear’ he has for the Irish dialect. The story is a simple tale of love set against the history of electricity coming to rural Ireland, and two men who help each other find their path to love. The characters are immaculately drawn and find their footing within the details of the insular countryside of early 20th c. Ireland. We experience cycling the country roads, visiting the rural pubs, and following the seasons of the vivid river that drives and divides the land. Love and how to follow through with the heart are the point of this amazing gift of a book, but settle in with it and hear the voices, experience the country, and you will truly escape to another time and place. Surprisingly, I would also say that this book is going to be a compelling read for men. Don’t shy away from a love story.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Shortlisted for Best Novel in the Irish Book Awards Longlisted for the 2020 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction From the acclaimed author of Man Booker-longlisted History of the Rain 'Lyrical, tender and sumptuously perceptive' Sunday Times 'A love letter to the sleepy, unhurried and delightfully odd Ireland that is all but gone' Irish Independent After dropping out of the seminary, seventeen-year-old Noel Crowe finds himself back in Faha, a small Irish parish where nothing ever changes, including the ever-falling rain. But one morning the rain stops and news reaches the parish - the electricity is finally arriving. With it…