The three Field sisters live in the sanitized suburbs of the fifties and sixties, but their plastic world is askew. They are growing up crazy in a very eccentric, often miserable, sometimes hilarious family. Their home is a war zone ruled by an abusive father - a philandering used-car salesman hooked on booze, guns and discipline. And whenever their mother's coffee mug is...more
She's very good, I'll read ...more
The Field household is r ...more
Their mother had accidentally killed her first born, ...more
Norma, Sandy and Louise (Lou) grow up with a demanding, cantankerous, military minded father in Toronto during the 60's. I'm not so sure I could have coped as well as they seemed to living with him. Their mother had her own set of problems brought on by dropping her 1st child, a son, over Niagara Falls to his death. She drinks herself into oblivion each and every day of her life but at the same time, has a ...more
The main problem I had with Falling Angels is the gratuity of its ...more
Falling Angels is a story of three sisters, Sandy, Lou and Norma, who grow up in a (highly) dysfunctional family, in Don Mills, Ontario, in the sixties. The story is an alternating 3rd person POV (from the three girls) that is pitiful, yet hopeful and funny. It's impossible not to feel for Gowdy's characters (but sometimes it's a feeling of hate and ...more
Very easy and fast to read. Only bad thing - extremely hard to put it down!
Really good book. Super dysfunctional family. Book jacket calls it a black humour/tragedy, but I saw no humour in it. Sad and pathetic. Compelling.