The Falconer

A Novel
Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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New York, 1993. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts. At turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self-possessed, Lucy is in unrequited love with her best friend and pick-up teammate Percy, scion to a prominent New York family who insists he wishes to resist upper-crust fate.

As she navigates this complex relationship with all its youthful heartache, Lucy is seduced by a different kind of life - one less consumed by conventional success and the approval of men. A pair of provocative female artists living in what remains of New York’s bohemia invite her into their world, but soon even their paradise begins to show cracks.

Told in vibrant, quicksilver prose, The Falconer is a “wholly original coming-of-age story” (Chloe Benjamin, New York Times best-selling author of The Immortalists), providing a snapshot of the city and America through the eyes of the children of the baby boomers grappling with privilege and the fading of radical hopes. New York Times best-selling author Claire Messud calls The Falconer an “exhilarating debut”, adding that “Dana Czapnik’s frank heroine has a voice, and a perspective, you won’t soon forget.”

©2019 Dana Czapnik (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

“Coming-of-age in Manhattan may not have been done this brilliantly since Catcher in the Rye. That comparison has been made before, but this time, it’s true. Get ready to fall in love.” (Kirkus Reviews

“...will thrill readers of all generations.” (Colum McCann, author, TransAtlantic

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Good faux memoir, but...

it is a good book and it is worth the read. However, it does not reach the brightness of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. When I read frequently that it comparedto that book I thought about it as I heard the audiobook, and I realize that it does not compare so well. Where Salinger leaves us wondering, in a sublime way, this author explains everything about her thought process, feelings, and the resulting situation the chain from it. I prefer the unknown And the wondering, instead.

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Girls & Sports

I heard a review about the book. As I read and found quickly it is about how on the street teen girls are into sports. It's just not my cup of tea.