When the English Fall

A Novel
by David Williams

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A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and non- violent community can survive when civilization falls apart.

Again, all are asleep, but I am not. I need sleep, but though I read and I pray, I feel too awake. My mind paces the floor.

There are shots...
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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Hardback

Number Of Pages 256

Publication Date 07/11/2017

ISBN 9781616205225

Dimensions 5.5 inches x 8.25 inches

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.”

“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.”
 “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