Books by Sheila Williams
Things Past Telling
COMING SPRING 2022
The author of The Secret Women tells the story of a brave and enduring woman as indomitable as Ernest Gaines’ legendary Miss Jane Pittman, in a breathtaking novel that combines the epic romance and adventure of Outlander, the sweeping drama of Roots, and the haunting historical power of Barracoon. | Read more
The Secret Women
TOP SUMMER 2020 BEACH READ PICK — Time, Women’s World and Parade.
The author of Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, now a Netflix film starring Alfre Woodard, returns with a riveting, emotionally rich, novel that explores the complex relationship between mothers and daughters in a fresh, vibrant way—a stunning page-turner for fans of Terry McMillan, Tayari Jones, and Kimberla Lawson Roby. | Read more
Dancing on the Edge of the Roof
Now available on Netflix, Juanita, is a new film based on Sheila Williams’ book “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof”, directed by Clark Johnson from a screenplay by Roderick Spencer and starring Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood. Watch official trailer
At forty-one, Juanita Lewis is running away from home, courtesy of a one-way ticket to Montana, a place that seems about as far away from the violence and poverty of the Columbus, Ohio, projects as the moon.
The Shade of My Own Tree
Beloved author Sheila Williams beautifully captures the bittersweet humor and vivid adventures of women who survive the worst life can toss at them — and fight back to claim their right to be free, to be themselves, and to live in . . .
On the Right Side of a Dream
When Juanita Lewis arrived in Paper Moon, Montana, courtesy of a Greyhound bus, she was just looking for a brief respite. Instead, she found a home, friends, and a man to love. But this leave-your-attitude-by-the-door woman made a promise to herself — one that she intends to keep. Now that she’s got a place to come back to, Juanita wants to see the world.
Girls Most Likely
“We didn’t know then that the dramas we imagined weren’t even warm-ups for what real life held for us.”
From the fifth grade to their fifth decade, Vaughn, Reenie, Susan, and Audrey share secrets and dreams — their lives connected like silk threads through rich fabric, pulling but never breaking at life’s unexpected twists and turns.
A Letter for My Mother
edited by Nina Foxx
with an essay by Sheila Williams
Thirty-three female writers share their essays and letters—hilarious, heart wrenching, and everything in between—in this wise and poignant collection about mother-daughter relationships.