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History of the Rain

Niall Williams

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jennifer McGrath

Length:

11h 24m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

23:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

14:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

23:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

11:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

26:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

20:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:40