Books by Philip Lee Williams

A DISTANT FLAME by Philip Lee Williams
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

A sickly, sensitive, Shakespeare-spouting 17-year-old becomes a Confederate Army killing machine. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1999

"It is all very real and unenviable and touched with the small gestures—his father's protective shoulder to cry upon, a daughter's delight in his return—that encourage survival."
Novelist Williams (Blue Crystal, 1993, etc.) presents twined, elemental stories on the havoc of a heart operation and the random, filigreed thoughts of an amateur naturalist exploring his home patch. Read full book review >
BLUE CRYSTAL by Philip Lee Williams
Released: June 1, 1993

"A subterranean take on Conrad's Victory, best (like its model) on the finely nuanced reactions of its isolated principals to physical and spiritual peril, weakest on the melodramatic denouement that lays the demons to rest."
Kentucky legend—in Williams's seventh novel (Final Heat, etc.)- -has it that lodged deep inside the Blue Crystal Cave is the fabulous jewel that gave the cave its name. Read full book review >
FINAL HEAT by Philip Lee Williams
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Too often, it's unintentionally laughable."
A violent family saga set in redneck Mississippi—with steamy Tennessee Williams-like southerners who are convincing only when the author (Perfect Timing, p. 435; etc.) remembers to keep his tongue firmly in his cheek—and that's not often enough. Read full book review >
PERFECT TIMING by Philip Lee Williams
Released: May 15, 1991

"The Book of Baseball Statistics'') is a lot of fun, and the humor is often right-on: altogether, then, a successful version of the Sixties Novel, about people who yearn to be who they once were but settle for what they have."
Williams's fifth novel (Slow Dance in Autumn, etc.)—a bittersweet comedy about a man who searches for the woman he loved in the Sixties—is sometimes tedious, but its familiar mix of southern argot and good-ole-boy humor, spiced this time with some religious parody, can also be clever and touching. Read full book review >

Williams (Slow Dance in Autumn, 1988; etc.) has a gift for rollicking humor but also, alas, a penchant for the amateurish handling of more serious themes—as in this novel about the weak-minded Daniel Mitchell and his brief, intense relationship with Rebecca Gentry, an unhappy assistant professor at the University of Georgia. Read full book review >