Ninety-Nine Stories of God, Illustrated: Part Four


Celebrating Joy Williams

On April 3, The Paris Review will honor Joy Williams with the Hadada Award for lifetime achievement at our annual gala, the Spring Revel. In anticipation, we’ve asked the renowned artist Brad Holland to illustrate five stories from her 2013 collection, Ninety-Nine Stories of God

An original illustration by Brad Holland.


One should not define God in human language nor anthropomorphize that which is ineffable and indescribable.

We can only know what God is not, not what God is.

We can never speak about God rationally as we speak about ordinary things, but that does not mean we should give up thinking about God. We must push our minds to the limits of what we could know, descending ever deeper into the darkness of unknowing.



Joy Williams has published ten stories in The Paris Review. Her most recent, “Flour,” appears in the Spring issue

From Ninety-Nine Stories of God, by Joy Williams. Reprinted with permission from Tin House Books.

You can read the other stories and illustrations here