History of the Rain by Niall Williams audiobook

History of the Rain

By Niall Williams
Read by Jennifer McGrath

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We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive or keep alive those who only live now in the telling. That’s how it seems to me, being alive for a little while, the teller and the told. So says Ruthie Swain. The bedridden daughter of a dead poet, home from college after a collapse, she is trying to find her father through stories, through generations of family history in County Clare, and through her own writing. Ruthie also turns to the books her father left behind, his library transposed to her bedroom and stacked on the floor, which she pledges to work her way through while she’s still living. In her attic room, with the rain rushing down the windows, Ruthie writes Ireland, with its weather, its rivers, its lilts, and its lows. The stories she uncovers and recounts bring back to life multiple generations buried in this soil—and they might just bring her back into the world again, too.

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive or keep alive those who only live now in the telling. That’s how it seems to me, being alive for a little while, the teller and the told.

So says Ruthie Swain. The bedridden daughter of a dead poet, home from college after a collapse, she is trying to find her father through stories, through generations of family history in County Clare, and through her own writing. Ruthie also turns to the books her father left behind, his library transposed to her bedroom and stacked on the floor, which she pledges to work her way through while she’s still living.

In her attic room, with the rain rushing down the windows, Ruthie writes Ireland, with its weather, its rivers, its lilts, and its lows. The stories she uncovers and recounts bring back to life multiple generations buried in this soil—and they might just bring her back into the world again, too.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Extremely moving, poignantly capturing Ruth’s doomed childhood relationship with her twin brother. By the final chapter I was weeping.” Sunday Times (London)
“A rambling, soft-hearted Irish family saga stuffed with eccentricity, literature, anecdotes, mythology, humor, and heartbreak.” Kirkus Reviews
“Jennifer McGrath’s exquisite narration brings the lyricism of Williams’ prose to life as Ruth uses her confinement to reread her father’s library and try to understand his dreams, motivations, and disappointments. The literature itself is a major character in this grand, poetic tribute to the value of story, and McGrath’s pleasant Irish brogue transports listeners to the land where the love of story may have been born.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Niall Williams

Author Bio: Niall Williams

Niall Williams was born in Dublin and studied at University College Dublin. His work includes stage plays, screenplays, nonfiction, and several novels. His first novel, Four Letters of Love, was an international bestseller, published in more than twenty countries, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Williams has been twice nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Literature Prize. He lives in the west of Ireland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English