This Is Happiness
Shortlisted for Best Novel in the Irish Book Awards * Longlisted for the 2020 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
The most enchanting novel you'll read this year, from the acclaimed author of Man Booker-longlisted History of the Rain. 'Lyrical, tender and sumptuously perceptive' - Sunday Times * 'A love letter to the sleepy, unhurried and delightfully odd Ireland that is all but gone' - Irish Independent
After dropping out of the seminary, seventeen-year-old Noel Crowe finds himself back in Faha; a small Irish parish where nothing ever changes, including the ever-falling rain. But one morning the rain stops and news reaches the parish - the electricity is finally arriving. With it comes a lodger to Noel's home, Christy McMahon.
Though he can't explain it, Noel knows right then: something has changed. As Noel navigates his coming-of-age by Christy's side, falling in and out of love, Christy's buried past gradually comes to light, casting a glow on a small world and making it new.