This Is Happiness
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST and REAL SIMPLE
The rain is stopping. Nobody in the small, forgotten village of Faha remembers when it started; rain on the western seaboard was a condition of living. Now--just as Father Coffey proclaims the coming of electricity--it is stopping. Seventeen-year-old Noel Crowe is standing outside his grandparents’ house shortly after the rain has stopped when he encounters Christy for the first time. Though he can’t explain it, Noel knows right then: something has changed.
This is the story of all that was to follow: Christy's long-lost love and why he had come to Faha, Noel’s own experiences falling in and out of love, and the endlessly postponed arrival of electricity--a development that, once complete, would leave behind a world that had not changed for centuries.
Niall Williams’ latest novel is an intricately observed portrait of a community, its idiosyncrasies and its traditions, its paradoxes and its inanities, its failures and its triumphs. Luminous and otherworldly, and yet anchored with deep-running roots into the earthy and the everyday, This Is Happiness is about stories as the very stuff of life: the ways they make the texture and matter of our world, and the ways they write and rewrite us.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - maryreinert - LibraryThing
Told by an aged narrator looking back on his youth, this is what I would call a well-written "sweet" book. Noah "Noe" Crowe left the seminary after a crisis of faith but comes to live with his ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kimkimkim - LibraryThing
I loved this book: all the words; all the images; the ageless allure of the coast of Kerry; approaching the matter the Fahean way, by coming at the thing the long way round; the day the rain started; the day the rain stopped, eccentricity being the norm. I LOVED THIS BOOK. “O now!” Read full review