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Amy Falls Down (Amy Gallup #2)

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Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor living in Escondido, California, with her dog, Alphonse. Since recent unsettling events, she has made some progress. While she still has writer's block, she doesn't suffer from it. She's still a hermit, but she has allowed some of her class members into her life. She is no longer numb, angry, and sardonic: she is merel...more
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Published July 9th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published May 1st 2013)
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oriana
I don't know if this happens to other people, but I have this weird thing sometimes where right after I finish a book I think one thing about it (it's rad, it blew, it needed work, the author's a pretentious prick, etc.), but then, many moons hence, I remember it in a totally different way.

Example: When I read The Corrections I thought it was fine, but now I violently, violently hate it. Or: I loaned my friend Megan The Thieves of Manhattan and was all "Oh this was a fun one," but then she rea...more
Diane
I don't often give 5-star reviews. I don't often add writers to my Must Buy list. But this book was so good that I raced through it in one sitting, turned the last page with a smile, and immediately logged onto Amazon to look for her other three books (one is a prequel to "Amy Falls Down"). Willett has an assured writing style with no discernible rough patches. Although it isn't laugh-out-loud funny, I was smiling through every chapter. Despite the steady humor, it deals with an assortment of is...more
Jaclyn Hogan
I usually read in a fairly narrow comfort zone, containing mostly urban fantasy, science fiction, feminist theory and memoir, and some popular histories. I rarely read lit-fic, because most of it feels either pretentious or obvious, at least to me, accustomed as I am to wizards and intricate magical systems. There are no wizards or magic in Amy Falls Down, but I loved it to little tiny pieces.

This is a sort of sequel to what I believe was Jincy Willet's last novel, The Writing Class, about murde...more
Jill
Amy Gallup, the endearingly cynical protagonist of Jincy Willett’s new novel, would be disgruntled to hear herself referred to as “wickedly funny”, or “savagely ferocious.” Those are just a few of the overused adjectives that she calls out as being in the modern reviewer’s modest arsenal.

It doesn’t take long to recognize that this book is a set-up of the book industry and its precarious relationship with its writers and readers. When Amy takes a fall and bangs her head on a birdbath, she is sudd...more
Michelle
4.5+ stars. Hilarious book with a delightfully prickly narrator. Several times I snorted out loud; even my daughter said she’s never heard me do that. Amy Gallup is an aging, semi-reclusive writer who hits her head on a birdbath and accidental fame ensues. I can see how reviewers might quibble with Amy being an “unlikeable” character and I think the author would agree; that’s the whole point. She’s a grumpy old man – funny in spite of herself. And her basset hound is an awesome character in his...more
Meredith
I loved, loved, loved this book. As our heroine, Amy Gallup discovered, timing is everything. I began reading this book, quite prophetically, days before I fell down and sprained my knee and I then devoured the book in the day that followed while lying in bed recuperating.

Jincy Willett always can be counted on to make me laugh--and I needed a laugh--but she is also insightful and occasionally profound. Willett is a writers' writer. Yes, her sentences are elegant, her word choices interesting an...more
Lauren
How do I describe Jincy Willett's latest book? By saying she is one of the most brilliant and under-appreciated authors alive today? By comparing her snarky wit to that of Dorothy Parker and David Sedaris? By describing my reading process when it comes to a book this good (continually pausing to savor what I just read and keep from racing through too quickly)? Whatever I say won't be enough: "Amy Falls Down" is a brilliant follow-up to her equally engrossing "The Writing Class" (stop reading thi...more
Laura
I wanted to love this book as it was recommended to me, I assume, based on my incredible enthusiasm for Where’d You Go, Bernadette?. Amy is a has-been writer and a recluse who becomes a viral phenomenon after she speaks with a reporter while experiencing concussion symptoms. What transpires after this initial moment of internet fame is often quite funny. So many of the characters – Amy, her elderly agent, various talk radio personalities, and particularly her dog, Alphonse – were clearly envisio...more
Michelle
First, the book had one great sentence. As a resident of this little bizarre corner of the country, transplanted from the solid midwest, I loved this: "This is Southern California, where all promises are hypothetical".

It's so true. If you invite and get RSVPs from 20, expect 12 to show and 10 to actually eat.

As for the book....I just didn't care. I didn't care about Amy, I thought it was a hot mess of storylines, I thought the "accident" was weird. It was simply not what I was expecting. If yo...more
Roro
I was really looking forward to reading this book. It started out with promise. Then, I suddenly found it excruciating to read. Really! It took me upwards of 3 weeks to read this, and it was only because I didn't want to give up. It never takes me that long to read a book! I kept thinking, it's got to get better!! I dreaded sitting down to read it and did everything I could to avoid it. It was drab, wordy, and unnecessary. The author spoke in, what I call, $3.00 words. Constantly using these ela...more
Jaylia3
Hilariously funny, while still managing to be moving and insightful

This book is so funny I kept losing my place because I was laughing so hard, and I almost never laugh out loud while reading. Amy Gallup is an aging, has-been novelist, who never really broke through to the big time anyway, but that’s fine with her. Amy embraces her uncompromising lack of ambition and, far from seeking fame, she arranges her life for complete anonymity, even burying links to her out of print novels behind a serie...more
Melissapalmer404
Book #50 Read in 2013
Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett

Amy is a writer...well, she used to be but she hasn't written anything in years. She is more famous for a writing group where one of the members tried to kill people. Then she has an accident in her back yard, hitting her head on a birdbath, and when she comes to, a reporter is leaving her house and Amy has no recollection of what she had said. The article comes out and Amy is made out to be a wonderfully eccentric talent, when in reality she h...more
Tracie
Amy Falls Down begins with the story of a woman in her 60's living a very quiet life. She has her books, her dog, her online writing course, and she is content enough. A small accident changes all that forcing her not only to question her present lifestyle, but also her practice of not really living within her lifestyle. She is forced into the limelight and back into the present.
I really enjoyed the majority of the novel. The character of Amy is charming, witty, and quirky. Too bad the author w...more
Ginny Sharkey
Amy Gallop's life motto is the same as that of the honey badger - she really doesn't give a S@*t. Gallop thinks she's far past the prime of her life, spending her days with her aging basset hound, Alphonse, and holding online classes for wannabe writers. An accident in her back yard causes her to black out - and she gives an outrageous interview to a local reporter who's discovered Amy's distant past as a lesser-known-but-well-respected author. Adventures ensue as she spirals into the public con...more
Meghan
The humor in this kept making me snort out loud. Amy Gallup is a reclusive writer in her 60s, alone except for her basset hound. She lives an interior life, full of ruminations on stuff like the intricate way her basset hound cleans his paws. After hitting her head on a birdbath in the backyard and suffering a concussion, Amy gives an out-of-character interview to a local reporter, and then when the story comes out in the paper, she has no recollection of saying any of the eccentric things writt...more
Jeff
Amy Falls Down is the story of Amy Gallup, who falls down, hits her head on a birdbath and then comes awake just in time to give an interview while concussed. The interview is very peculiar and sets off a firestorm of interest in Amy and her writing, but mostly in Amy and her way of stating, what to her, is obvious. This is a very funny book. It is all about writing and the publishing industry, but is also about a person who lived like a hermit for 30 years suddenly rediscovering the human race,...more
Kay Church
Thank you Bookclub for choosing this book. I don't think I would have stumbled upon this amazing writer on my own and I certainly would not have picked it by the title. The protagonist, Amy Gallup is one of the richest, most insightful, not to mention clever and hysterical characters I have ever met and I feel like her words (and there are many) will stay with me for a long time.
Maybe it is because she and I share the same demographics, or that we both live with an aggressive internal dialogue a...more
Elly Sands
Jincy,Jincy,Jincy-I love that name and really enjoy her writing! I'm not sure how I heard about this author but I'm really glad I did. Her humor is very dry, witty, sometimes dark but always clever and it doesn't sound contrived. It reads as though her thoughts are just tumbling out one after another. This book is not just about her humor. It's very much about writing. The main character Amy, is a writer so the novel is filled with ideas and various scenarios regarding writing. It's almost like...more
Kate Z
I really enjoyed this book and I really enjoyed Amy and Alphonse. I think I'd like to know them personally and maybe even take Amy's class. The book has lots of sparkling moments of wit and crisp writing that made me chuckle out loud and even proclaim to my mother that I was "a little bit in love with Amy."

Some of Amy's observations and insights subsequently gleamed from them are spot on. As Amy drives up the 5 freeway to Los Angeles "Amy tried to distract herself imagining the cracks, crumbles...more
Lana Hasper
Four stars and hilarious through chapter 23, then the tone changes and the ending is weird.

Page 80 when Amy & her basset hound Alphonse are by encircled by a pack of coyotes while walking @ midnight:
Amy straddled the basset, raised her hands high and began to wave broadly, stiff-armed, making herself as large as possible, which, she had read, was the thing to do when confronted by carnivorous mammals. Two of the coyotes actually sat down to watch, as though she and Alphonse were doing dinne...more
Marisa
I picked this book up on a whim at my local library. And I am quite happy that I did.

Though there are many that may think you need to know something about the literary business to enjoy this book, I think that they are mistaken. That is merely the backdrop to propel the story forward and allows the main character to develop and learn some life lessons along the way. That said, if you enjoy learning about writers and their "method" there's lots of material here for you.

There's plenty of irony her...more
Meg
Quietly, sneakily wonderful. Years ago, Amy had some small success as a writer. Her life is perfectly pleasant - she has a dog, a small income from an online teaching course and a little house she hardly ever has to leave. Then she has an accident. She gets knocked out when she falls and hits her head on a birdbath. She gives a "where are they now?" interview that she doesn't remember and which generates more and more media attention. Her small, lovely little life begins to get bigger and messie...more
SmarterLilac
Simply excellent. After unexpectedly loving The Writing Class, I was thrilled to find out Ms. Willett had continued the story of Amy Gallup. I was also a little apprehensive, because I thought TWC was unique among the murder mysteries I'd read, and so dependent on the original Amy Gallup as its narrator that I was doubtful Amy's character could expand beyond the borders of that genre.

I was pleasantly surprised. Screamingly funny as ever, Amy Gallup's continuing adventures as Rediscovered Literar...more
Melanie Greene
http://dakimel.blogspot.com/2014/05/a...

I picked this because it's one of the titles in the Literary Fiction category of the Audies, which is one of the categories I tackled for the Armchair Audies project. Haven't read any Willet before, and definitely enjoyed this title very much. It did start slowly for me. I know it's a follow-up to a previous novel, but the former writing class (the subject of the first novel) took up too much room here. They're fun characters, but not the focus of this nov...more
Chance Lee
EDIT 7/27: I think the fictional Jenny Marzen is based on Jodi Picoult.

The plot of this book is in the title: Amy Falls Down. Well, that's the premise. Amy Gallup, from The Writing Class, falls in her backyard, hits her head, and, through a series of events, ends up becoming famous again, as famous as a writer who hasn't published a book in thirty years can be. For Amy, that's famous enough. Well, for Amy, that's too famous. While Amy doesn't change much during the novel, she comes to a few real...more
Heather
There was so much to this book, I don't know where to begin! I did gain some valuable lessons from this book:
I will never again describe a book as "compelling."
If I ever decide to write my memoirs, I won't write about childbirth.
I need to read more books by Jincy Willett.
Jeanne
Oh, how I loved this book! It's the sequel to THE WRITING CLASS and again features the wry, scathing and hilarious main character, Amy, a washed up writer who hasn't published anything in decades. In my opinion, the spot-on details and voice are on a par with GONE GIRL and WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE. Extra bonus for readers who are also writers--great insight into the world of publishing.
Andrea
Jincy Willett is one of my favourite writers, and she's also one of the least well-known. My favourite of her books is "Winner of the National Book Award," and this one is my second favourite. It's about a talented writer whose brush with fame is long past. So far, she seems a lot like Willett herself. But then she hits her head on a birdbath and gives a discombobulated interview to the local paper. The interview goes viral, reviving her career and boosting her into writing again. Shaken out of...more
Ann
A fun book, I love her descriptions. They are brilliant .
Stacey
Jincy Willett is my new favorite author. The writing is way better than the story, and in fact I am hard pressed to explain the story since it is pretty ridiculous and wouldn't be worth reading by a lesser author. But the narrative voice and main character are both hysterical and smart. Thoroughly entertaining.
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from the author's website: "An aging, bitter, unpleasant woman living in Escondido, California, who spends her days parsing the sentences of total strangers and her nights teaching and writing. Sometimes, late at night, in the dark, she laughs inappropriately."
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