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When the English Fall

David Williams



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01 September 2018
Science fiction; Religious & spiritual fiction; Apocalyptic; Dystopia; Hard Science Fiction
When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilisation, an Amish community is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceable communities.

Seen through the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob as he tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don't, can they survive?

David Williams's debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed society of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of civilisation and what remains if the centre cannot hold.
By:   David Williams
Imprint:   Algonquin
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 17mm
ISBN:   9781616208097
ISBN 10:   1616208090
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for When the English Fall

New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice - A July 2017 Indie Next Pick - LibraryReads Selection - July 2017 Amazon Top 10 Best Book of the Month An apt and original spin on the genre of 'prepper fiction.' --New York Times Book Review It's rare to find a debut novel as finely crafted as When the English Fall. --Los Angeles Times Entrancing [and] deceptively simple, lulling, holding, at times, the power of prayer. --Boston Globe Williams' use of tension, suspense, and compression is masterful, calling to mind the distilled prose of Ron Rash. In the past decade, pop culture may have become oversaturated with post-apocalyptic stories, but this one is fresh, unique and unforgettable . . . A quiet, brilliant little novel. --Minneapolis Star Tribune An unusually good post-apocalyptic novel. --Christian Science Monitor A quirky addition to the growing volume of novels that imagine the repercussions of climate change . . . Williams is brilliant at creating a plausible Amish narrator in Jacob. --Financial Times Clever . . . the totality of When the English Fall is surprisingly moving, and Jacob a sympathetic and compelling guide to a world that feels closer every day. --Newsday A standout among post-apocalyptic novels, as simply and perfectly crafted as an Amish quilt or table. Lyrical and weirdly believable. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review A quiet, ideas-focused dystopian novel that will stay with readers long after they have turned the final page. --Library Journal, starred review [A] satisfying post-apocalyptic novel . . . The unique spin draws readers into an alarmingly plausible story of contemporary civilization's demise. --Publishers Weekly Told in the quiet, simple prose of a quiet, pious man, this is an intriguing take on the dystopian novel. --Booklist Fascinating . . . When the English Fall is a gripping story, with an ending that made me want to go back and read it all again... --Seira Wilson for Omnivoracious: TheAmazon Book Review A fascinating debut. --B&N Sci-Fi blog When the English Fall takes its place in the landscape of post-collapse survivalist fiction as satisfyingly as a puzzle piece clicking into a gap. You'll read it and wonder how you never realized it was missing. Jacob's determination to remain true to his faith, his struggle to protect his family and aid his neighbors while chaos gathers around him, is both convincing and affecting, and gradually, without ever seeming to grasp for it, his humble, questing voice accrues a surprising power. --Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead

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