"It is precisely because Lachlan is not a larger-than-life character that we come to care and find ourselves moving eagerly with him from one day to the next."
—New York Times Book Review
"An auspicious talent . . . Williams handles his heavily weighted theme adroitly, never overstepping into sentimentality. His writing is colorful, knowledgeable, taut. . . . An unexpectedly rich reading experience."
"The Heart of a Distant Forest is like Shadow Pond, where Lachlan lives: natural, nourishing, quiet, and turbulent, inviting, and—in places—deep. Test it for yourself."
"One sentence into the book and you've got lyric poetry; 'Morning is rising in silence.' Lovely. It gets even better with passages you underline for sheer beauty, delight, and wisdom. Between these pages rests some of the best writing I've come across since Alice Walker's The Color Purple, but in a very quiet and very different way and life and tone."
"Despite its somber undertones, the novel resonates with a deeper joy and optimism. . . . An elegantly moving portrait of life's dignity, even at death."
"Williams has a particular gift for creating beautiful imagery that encompasses not only a particular scene, but also the emotions associated with it. The Heart of a Distant Forest is, in short, a beautifully written work by a talented Southern author."
Lachlan also finds Callie McKenzie, a woman he loved years earlier, and they soon begin to see in each other reflections of the lives they once led. Lachlan’s journal of his year by the lake leads him to a deeper understanding of himself and the world.
Read more about Philip Lee Williams at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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