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History of the Rain

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
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 (Something Amiss, the doctors say), she is trying to find her father through stories - and through generations of family history in County Clare (the Swains have the written stories, from salmon-fishing journals to poems, and the maternal MacCarrolls have the oral) and through her own writing (with its Superabundance of Style). Ruthie turns also 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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Title: History of the Rain: A Novel
Author(s): Niall Williams
ISBN: 1-62040-647-0 / 978-1-62040-647-2 (USA edition)
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Title: History of the Rain
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Title: History of the Rain: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-62040-770-1 / 978-1-62040-770-7 (USA edition)
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March 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: History of the Rain: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014
Author(s): Niall Williams
ISBN: 1-4088-5205-5 / 978-1-4088-5205-7 (UK edition)
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2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: History of the rain
Author(s): NIALL WILLIAMS
ISBN: 1-4088-6385-5 / 978-1-4088-6385-5 (UK edition)
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Title: History of the Rain: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014
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ISBN: 1-4088-5203-9 / 978-1-4088-5203-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Title: History of the Rain
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ISBN: 1-4712-7233-8 / 978-1-4712-7233-2 (UK edition)
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Title: History of the Rain: A Novel
Author(s): Niall Williams
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April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: History of the Rain: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014
Author(s): Niall Williams
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK