This Is Happiness, by Niall Williams (Bloomsbury 2019)

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This is another astounding novel which restored my faith in the power of the novel to move and amaze the reader. A coming of age novel, set in a small, remote Irish village in probably the early 1970s. Noe arrives in Faha to stay with his grandparents at the same time as the long awaited arrival of 'the electricity'. An older man. Christy, arrives to work on the laying of cables, and shares a room with Noe. His past, and why he is really in the village, drive the plot through many digressions, romance, drinking and family strife, all related in a wry and ironic prose. It's all beautifully done, funny and charming, moving and profound. Another brilliant addition to Niall Williams's fine body of work.