"A wise, ardent debut novel about the burden of one man’s past and his search for absolution. Williams knows what Faulkner knew: that literature’s one true subject is the human heart in conflict with itself."
-Jonathan Dee, 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for The Previleges
"Williams’ narrative is nothing short of a startling once-in-a-millennia meteor shower. A big, wide-sky tale with tiny shimmering glimpses into the cosmos within us all. He seems to capture little parts of who we are, of who we know we are, but only recognize when he points them out. Both scenic and sonic, with Ripples, Williams joins the gorgeous literary canon that the Carolina Appalachians have bestowed on America."
-F. Rutledge Hammes, 2019 South Carolina Arts Commission Prose Fellow and author of A Curious Matter of Men with Wings
"There’s a dark secret hidden in the apple orchards of Abundance, North Carolina, a scenic mountain town on the banks of the Unolama River, and native son Ben Bramley has been running from it for too long. When the summons comes, Ben-like Thomas Wolfe’s George Webber before him-sets out to recover what he’s lost and can’t live without in the place he fears the most. Evan Williams’ fierce, Wolfian first novel reminds us, contra Wolfe, that to complete the journey, we not only can go home again, we must."
-David Payne, author of Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story
Authorlink.com interview by Ellen Birkett Morris: https://authorlink.com/interview/southern-roots-lie-at-the-heart-of-ripples-2019/
Article from “The Revivalist: Word From The Appalachian South”: http://therevivalist.info/one-passage-ripples/?fbclid=IwAR14_HwD47JgMWkpayOZO3ytPhiigdkAE1iKl6UrrWiadaAa96nPgqPXEKk