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Publisher's Summary

Author Laura Moriarty, a recipient of the George Bennet Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy, melted the hearts of readers and critics alike with her stirring debut The Center of Everything - a novel in the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird. Now, in While I'm Falling, Moriarty again crafts a dramatic tale filled withunforgettable characters.
©2009 Laura Moriarty; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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"Moriarty exposes the underbelly of family strife in this coming-of-age college drama set near Lawrence, Kans. One day, Veronica Von Holten is happy, med-school bound, in love with her boyfriend and not far from her supportive family. Then her father finds another man in the bed he shares with his wife of 26 years. As a messy divorce ensues, Veronica struggles to keep her own life in check while her mother's unravels.... Moriarty...delves into this realistic but narrow world with an inviting honesty and creates a cast of vivid and flawed characters that will hold readers rapt with a queasy sense of unease." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 08-06-14

Not Moriarty's best, buy...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is tough. it is not Moriarty's best work, but she has such a gift for describing everyday life in such a way as to make it relatable.<br/>It's a welcome addition to my library only so far as to nearly complete my Moriarty novels, but on its own there's something missing, or maybe too much present; I can't put my finger on it.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Both of these narrators are not my favorites. Dialogue is not their strong suits, and there is so much dialogue in this book that a better narrator may have improved the book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Actually, it would make a great drama pic!

Any additional comments?

This is not Moriarty's best work, but she set the bar high with her debut "The Center of Everything". But the book by itself seems to be too much bad stuff happening to the characters, though ultimately it depicts the changing dynamics of adult-child relationships quite well.<br/>See why this review is complicated?

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