Books by Joy Williams

THE CHANGELING by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"An elusive but enchanting work by one of America's greatest authors."
Beloved by some, maligned by others, Williams' (The Visiting Privilege, 2015, etc.) second novel, first published in 1978, has a new 40th-anniversary edition. Read full book review >
NINETY-NINE STORIES OF GOD by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Admirers of Williams—and anyone who treasures a story well told should be one—will find much to like here."
"Hell is unpleasant. Heaven is more pleasant." Williams, maker of superb short fictions, plumbs the distinction in this slender, evocative collection. Read full book review >
THE VISITING PRIVILEGE by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2015

"Williams, to belabor the metaphor, isn't just a closer, but a utility player at the top of her game. If you want to see how the pros do it—or simply want to read some of the best stories being written today—you need look no further."
Four dozen stories by one of the form's greatest practitioners. Read full book review >
HONORED GUEST by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2004

"Twelve ambitious and expert stories, yet seldom involving."
Stories impeccably careful never to raise their voices, though not much is raised in the reader by them, either: a third collection from the novelist and storywriter (Escapes, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Savage, serious, hilarious, passionate, loving, and lyrical."
With wicked irony and wacky humor, essayist and novelist Williams (The Quick and the Dead, 2000, etc.) assails hunters, land developers, and scientists who experiment on animals. Read full book review >
THE QUICK AND THE DEAD by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2000

"Williams is in top form here (State of Grace, 1990, etc.), her outrage balanced by a wise, compassionate, bemused overview. Think Denis Johnson's world, minus the drugs—ultimately, though, Williams echoes only herself in a risky, frisky, profound book. "
A highly original coming-of-ager that integrates the gothic and magical realism in its consideration of families, youth, souls, and the fates of species. Read full book review >