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December 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The next Fishing Creek Farm Book Club meeting will take place on December 6, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse. We always have interesting discussions and we get to know our neighbors better. Please consider joining us even if you have not read the book. Maybe you will be inspired by the discussion to read the book later. If you have any questions about the Book Club please feel free to call or text Susan Magazine at 301-213-1799.
The next book that the Book Club will discuss is This is Happiness by Niall Williams. Several reviewers had high praise for the book. Here are Amazon’s comments which repeat much of what other commentators posted.
This is Happiness by Niall Williams was
“NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST and REAL SIMPLE
A profound and enchanting new novel from Booker Prize-longlisted author Niall Williams about the loves of our lives and the joys of reminiscing.
You don’t see rain stop, but you sense it. You sense something has changed in the frequency you’ve been living and you hear the quietness you thought was silence get quieter still, and you raise your head so your eyes can make sense of what your ears have already told you, which at first is only: something has changed.
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.”
Susan S. Magazine