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2.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 28th 2011 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2008)
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3 stars

Falling is about grief, from first to last page

..A lot of water, from the tiniest trickle to the roar of the Niagara Falls

....Lovely literature about life and loss and love

......Life after Lisa’s drowning; its aftermath for other characters

........I wanted to know more about Lisa

..........Nearly two-thirds through, a crafty countdown; no punctuation

.......... Given the ending, the reader can perhaps see a glimmer of hope
May 02, 2015 Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Simpson raises the stakes right off the bat - the book begins with a random tragic drowning, and unfolds from there. All of the characters that she has created here are touched by tragedy of one kind or another, though. Her thorough and brave examination of each of these is something that sets "Falling" apart. Wonderful to finally read this! Instructive.
Katrina Stonoff
Jan 31, 2016 Katrina Stonoff rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting. I could not put it down. Brilliant study of human nature and what happens to family members after a tragic accident.
Apr 14, 2011 Dianne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story line and subject matter, but the book was totally spoiled for me by this author's writing style. In fact I am 3/4 done and don't think I will me a headache. Maybe poets should stick to poetry and not attempt to write a novel!! I kind of wish someone else had written it in a more readable fashion . And yes, I am NOT a poetry fan. If I was , I would buy books of poems.
Feb 15, 2011 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemed like a promising book, but didn't quite work. Not sure if it was deliberate, but it was very hard to work out the age of the 'children'/young adults in the book. Too many unresolved plot lines and some very irritating literary devices- the huge unpunctuated section drove me mad and made me want to skip it.
Aug 06, 2009 Nathalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Choisie sur un coup de coeur chez Chapters, j'ai été un peu déçue par Falling. L'histoire est intéressante, les personnages--déchirés par un drame familial--attachants, mais les différentes techniques littéraires de l'auteur étaient trop mécaniques, évidentes. À oublier.
Aug 18, 2013 Lenore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, really enjoyed this book. The subject sounds sad (dealing with grief basically) but loved the writing. Anne Simpson is our new shared writer in residence (with Mac) and I can't wait to meet her after reading this novel.
Steven Mayoff
Nov 17, 2009 Steven Mayoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mother and son deal with their grief at the loss of their daughter/sister. Written with the sensitivity of a true poet.
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Nov 17, 2009 Marga Vr marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
A Nove Scotia/Niagara Falls story. A tragedy strikes a family
Anne Simpson is loved by her poetry
Quite a good read. Will be reading more of her books.
Jen Morrison
Cute easy read
Mar 18, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
sad ending
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