Falling

Falling

Book - 2008
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On a late summer day along the shores of Nova Scotia, a young woman makes a mistake that will claim her life, while at the other end of the beach her brother, Damian, is unaware that she is drowning. Beginning with this shattering event, Anne Simpson's mesmerizing novel unfolds in unexpected ways.

A year after the accident, Damian and his mother, Ingrid, travel to Niagara Falls to scatter Lisa's ashes and to visit Ingrid's estranged brother, once a famous daredevil of the Falls, now blind, and his mentally disabled son. But old wounds and new misunderstandings soon collide. Damian, burdened by guilt, finds solace in an intense relationship with a girl he first glimpses in a tattoo parlour. A runaway with dreams of New York City, Jasmine has her own reasons for wanting to escape the past. Meanwhile, Ingrid, having reluctantly returned to her childhood home, finds herself at odds with her brother and besieged by memories. As the summer progresses, each of them becomes caught in the pull of the past -- until an act of recklessness shocks them into a new course for the future.

In startling, luminous language, Anne Simpson captures both the natural beauty and tawdry eccentricity of Niagara Falls, while evoking the elemental bonds that tie us to the ones we love. By turns uncompromising and heartbreakingly tender, Falling is a riveting story of ordinary people poised on the knife-edge of grief and hope.
With this, her second novel, Anne Simpson proves herself to be one of our most striking and original writers.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780771080890
9780771080906
Branch Call Number: SIM
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 22 cm

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jazzdesign
Jun 03, 2011

Enjoyed reading this book - very creative. I went to art college with Anne, and visited her in Nova Scotia, while she was writing this novel.

Her strength is in her poetry. It is absolutely fantastic!

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rmc63
Apr 22, 2010

Looked interesting and finished it because was hoping would get a bit more exciting, but it didn't. Paled in comparison to books like Book of Negroes and Tenth Gift which held far more depth and intrigue - perhaps I found it just to much like average life to appreciate what it offered.

abird Nov 06, 2009

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