History of the Rain

History of the Rain

Book - 2014
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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. In Faha, County Clare, everyone is a long story... Bedbound in her attic room beneath the rain, plain Ruth Swain is in search of her father. To find him, Ruthie must first trace the Swains, their jutting jaw lines, narrow faces and gleamy skin, from the restless Reverend Swain, her great-grandfather, to grandfather Abraham, to her father, Virgil - via pole-vaulting, salmon fishing, poetry and a wild rain-sodden history of the pursuit of the impossible on fourteen acres of the worst farming land in Ireland. A celebration of books, love and the healing power of storytelling, this is an exquisite, funny novel in which every sentence sings.
Publisher: London : 2014. Bloomsbury,
ISBN: 9781408852033
Branch Call Number: AF WILL


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Jun 01, 2016

A very charming protagonist, and a quiet but wonderful story about literature and home.

Sep 16, 2014

A beautiful book about family, love, and loss; and how books can help you understand and speak your own life. I loved Williams' "Four Letters of Love". This is equally as good. An Irish family saga which reads like poetry.

Aug 08, 2014

A tribute to writers and readers and stories and families and loss and pain and resilience. A big book.

Longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize

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