Project Description


The Song of Daniel

by Philip Lee Williams

Philip Lee Williams makes the tale of a cemetery groundskeeper come alive with his lyrical storytelling.

In the tradition of his award-winning novel The Heart of a Distant Forest, Philip Lee Williams give us another lyrical and compassionate tale, and his most fascinating protagonist to date.

The Song of Daniel is a story of innocence, of a young man who has pushed away his darkest memories to live a simple life as a groundskeeper in a cemetary. Daniel exults in his world and in a few close friends at the trailer park, where he lives with his beloved dog Toggle. Daniel’s world is changed when he meets Rebecca Gentry, an English professor at a university near the cemetary. Rebecca, recently divorced, self-absorbed and cynical, is struggling to write the life of a poet she cannot fully understand.

Rebecca and Daniel are both transformed when they meet, each bringing gifts of joy and sorrow to their days. But a shattering experience from years’ past comes back into Daniel’s life, threatening both his new love and his happiness. Finally, in a complex clash of innocence and experience, Daniel’s childlike life becomes clear and Rebecca discovers a long hidden part of herself–and the key to the poet who so fascinated and eluded her.

This is a story about homeplace, about love and loss of family, about an innocent man’s journey towards experience. Williams, a masterful storyteller, has once again written a beautiful and deeply moving novel.

Hardcover: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-934601-75-7
Total Pages: 320
Size: 6 x 9
Language: English


“…evocative of place and beautifully written….” ―Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Philip Lee Williams is the author of fourteen published books. He lives in Georgia. You can visit his website here.