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When the English Fall

Unabridged   5.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/11/2017

When the English Fall

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681685243
Digital Download ISBN:9781681685250


David Williams’s debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of “civilization” and what remains if the center cannot hold.

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Product Description

When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania 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 community.

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 members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don’t, can they survive?


"Summerer's steady performance clearly portrays a man who is secure in his faith--an apt performance for this unique take on the apocalypse." —AudioFile

"Williams has put an apt and original spin on the genre of 'prepper' fiction . . . [an] intriguing book" —New York Times

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.” —Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead

“A fascinating debut.” —B&N Sci-Fi blog

Author Bio

David Williams is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church. He lives in Annandale, Virginia. When the English Fall is his first novel.