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Friends Book Group: This is Happiness

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
315 Academy Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

The Friends Book Group resumes with virtual discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of every month! Our next discussion is on February 16th at 4:15pm. We will discuss This is Happiness by Niall Williams. Copies are available to check out at Mount Pleasant Library. Email Linda Meyer to receive the Zoom link:


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.



March 16th The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Janasson

April 20th The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

May 18th The Most Fun we Ever had by Claire Lombardo

June 15th The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

Read over the summer ready for September discussion: The Way Life Should be by Christine Baker



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