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Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Joy Williams has a one-of-a-kind gift for capturing both the absurdity and the darkness of everyday life. In Ninety-Nine Stories of God, she takes on one of mankind’s most confounding preoccupations: the Supreme Being.

This series of short, fictional vignettes explores our day-to-day interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. It’s the Book of Common Prayer as seen through a looking glass—a powerfully vivid collection of seemingly random life moments. The figures that haunt these stories range from Kafka (talking to a fish) to the Aztecs, Tolstoy to Abraham and Sarah, O. J. Simpson to a pack of wolves. Most of Williams’ characters, however, are like the rest of us: anonymous strivers and bumblers who brush up against God in the least expected places or go searching for him when he’s standing right there. The Lord shows up at a hot-dog-eating contest, a demolition derby, a formal gala, and a drugstore, where he’s in line to get a shingles vaccination.

At turns comic and yearning, lyric and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God serves as a pure distillation of one of our great artists.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I would follow the trail of Joy Williams’ words—always beautiful, compelling, and so wise—anywhere they led.”

    Chuck Palahniuk, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Joy Williams’s Ninety-Nine Stories of God reads like a blog-era bible as conceived by Borges, Barthelme, and Mark Twain. No writer alive captures the voices in the post-millennial psychic wilderness like Joy Williams.”

    Jerry Stahl, Puschart Prize–winning author

  • “The word count of this slender, extraordinary collection belies the density and combustibility of its contents, their midnight hilarity and edgeless reach. Joy Williams is our feral philosopher.”

    Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Joy Williams’ quietly splendid fifth collection, Ninety-­Nine Stories of God…has a surprising heft…The prose inside is airily laid out…funny, sage, and as meditative as a book of prayers.”

    Boston Globe

  • “These stories are 100 percent Williams: funny, unsettling, and mysterious, to be puzzled over and enjoyed across multiple readings.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Much like the divine, Williams’ prose is simple and brutal, thoughtful and haunting. A spare but startling book. ”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Admirers of Williams—and anyone who treasures a story well told should be one—will find much to like here.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2016 PEN/Malamud Award Winner
  • A New York Times Pick of Books We're Reading This Summer
  • A Huffington Post Pick of Summer 2016 Books You Won't Want to Miss
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2016
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week for July 11, 2016
  • A BookRiot Pick for New Books of July 2016 
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Top 10 Selection
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