This Is Happiness Spiral-Bound | August 31, 2021

Niall Williams

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A profound and enchanting new novel from Booker Prize–longlisted author Niall Williams about the loves of our lives and the joys of reminiscing.

Change is coming to Faha, a small Irish parish unaltered in a thousand years.
For one thing, the rain is stopping. Nobody remembers when it started; rain on the western seaboard is a condition of living. But now—just as Father Coffeey proclaims the coming of the electricity—the rain clouds are lifting. Seventeen-year-old Noel Crowe is idling in the unexpected sunshine when Christy makes his first entrance into Faha, bringing secrets for which he needs to atone. Though he can’t explain it, Noel knows right then: something has changed.
As the people of Faha anticipate the endlessly procrastinated advent of the electricity, and Noel navigates his own coming-of-age and his fallings in and out of love, Christy’s past gradually comes to light, casting a new glow on a small world.
Harking back to a simpler time, This Is Happiness is a tender portrait of a community—its idiosyncrasies and traditions, its paradoxes and kindnesses, its failures and triumphs—and a coming-of-age tale like no other. Luminous and lyrical, yet anchored by roots running deep into the earthy and everyday, it is about the power of stories: their invisible currents that run through all we do, writing and rewriting us, and the transforming light that they throw onto our world.

Publisher: Macmillan
Original Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages: 400 pages
ISBN-10: 1635576318
Item Weight: 0.8 lbs
Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 10,001 to 50,000 ratings