Who’s Reading: Elizabeth Reed

Last Best Book Elizabeth Read: Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams

Why Elizabeth Liked It: This book contains intense darkness, loss and hardship yet it is uplifting, graceful and sustaining – a panacea for darkness. The writing is beautiful and evocative. Though I have not been to Ireland I felt I knew it through Williams’ gorgeous descriptions of landscape, weather and scenarios, and incisive portrayals of Irish character(s). Isaac Hayes’ words from By the Time I Get to Phoenix apply: “There’s deep meaning to this tune (book) because it shows you what the power of love can do.” A gifted story-teller, Williams depicts the power of love in many forms, as ultimately healing, transformative and possible.

In Three Words: Lyrical, Irish, Luminous