Books by Niall Williams

HISTORY OF THE RAIN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Williams returns to home turf with a long, sentimental, affectionate poem to Irishness generally—'the best saints and the best poets and the best musicians and the world's worst bankers'—and one quirky family in particular that insists on being read at its own erratic pace."
A rambling, soft-hearted Irish family saga stuffed with eccentricity, literature, anecdotes, mythology, humor and heartbreak, from the author of Four Letters of Love (1997). Read full book review >
JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF LIGHT by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2002

"Utterly hokey, written in faux-shanachie prose ('His father had been hung for participating in plots treasonous and bloody') and freighted with symbolism (a twin brother becomes the father of twin daughters—twice!) that's heavier than soda bread."
A languid, quasi-epic account of one family's fortunes in Ireland and around the globe. Read full book review >
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 1999

"Williams's faux-naive prose draws you in, all right, but his penchant for homiletic simplification and touchy-feely sentimentality may make you begin enraptured by the tale's clarity of folktale and finish stupefied by the formulaic smugness of pop fiction at its most fulsome."
An appealing romantic tale about the love of an introverted schoolteacher for a beautiful Italian musician: from the Irish author of several popular nonfiction books as well as the highly praised novel Four Letters of Love (1997). Read full book review >
FOUR LETTERS OF LOVE by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Brilliant."
A remarkable first novel from Williams—whose four previous books, written with his wife, have chronicled contemporary Irish life (The Luck of the Irish, 1995, etc.)—offers a powerful portrait of tragedy and of the redemption offered by love. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 1995

"At times precious, but an easy, enjoyable chronicle for the pair's family of readers. (Author tour)"
Further tales of rural Ireland's trials and rewards, told by a husband-and-wife team. Read full book review >