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Three Fallen Women

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Amy Guth's violent and shimmering debut novel is the story of three women caught in the vortex of breaking down. For Helen,a painter reawakening after a long period of self-destruction, peace is the choice between the love of her life and her new-found freedom. For Carmen, addiction will define the final throes of her broken heart. And for Frieda, the perfect housewife, ca ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 2nd 2006 by So New Media
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The narrative point of view was fantastic, granting the body a mind of its own if you will, things you would never expect to be represented in an anthropomorphic manner, several characters stories' collapsing into to one breakdown, both vivid and terrifying... I could go on and on, but Amy's words speak for themselves. In some ways,yes,this is certainly any anti-love story, but it would be cheap to categorize it as so. "Romance zipped in on threads and haunted you ...when you wanted not to be he ...more
James Vest
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three Fallen Women is a haunting fever dream, flickering between the ethereal and the lucid, from cynical darkness to wide-eyed truths.
Jason Pettus
Dec 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
(My full review of this book is much longer than GoodReads' word-count limitations. Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [].)

As a lot of CCLaP's readers are probably already aware, one of the first rules of artistic criticism is that the reviewer in question is never supposed to inject their personal lives into their essays, write in the first person, or other such things that unduly call attention to themselves; it's a rule I some
Tim Jones-Yelvington
Amy opts for a very interesting narrative voice here. Her narrator, omniscient, almost a deity, muses not only on the behaviors and psychological states of her three protags, but also on the intervention of the fates, metaphysics, the emotional life of characters' organs and cells, etc. Sometimes Amy's risks (which I totally respect and admire) pay off brilliantly, as with a powerful recurring image of the invisible psychic threads that literally crosscut our world. Other times, I found the narr ...more
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of raw punk rock prose
Shelves: signed-by-author
Once in a while there's a book that takes awesome characters and punk rock prose and blends the two into such an interesting story that it takes your breath away. This is one of those stories.

In my old age I'm finding that I like the indie-press liturature more because it's engaging, raw, and unapologetic.

Anyways, this story is about three women Helen, Carmen and Frida who are caught in their own vortex of breaking down. Amy Guth does a great job of plopping the reader into the mids
Sep 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Three different vignettes are used to show how different women are caught in their own hell and how each one deals with the problem. While I am usually drawn to dark fiction, for me, this was just plain depressing. I felt no attachment to any of the characters, I thought the writing was scattered. If it wasn't for the fact that it was less than 160 pages, I would have performed a DTB (Ditch-the-you-know) early on. Not recommended for anyone I know.
Oct 29, 2008 marked it as to-read
I want to read this book but can't find it anywhere online!! I've asked So New Media if they'll ship to the Netherlands and got no answer, as for Amazon, it's out of stock... any idea how I could get it?
Elizabeth Rago
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The life Amy brings to organs and blood and hearts made me gasp, questioning what my body was saying deep beneath my skin. Fantastic and ugly. My kinda read.
Katie Schwartz
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of dark beautiful fiction
Amy spins a yarn like nobody's business. She's exquisitely dark in all the right ways. Each character has heart and soul and purpose. If you haven't read it, READ IT.
Nov 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Amy is cracked in just the right way.
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Amy Guth oversees RedEye and Metromix Chicago, is a late night talk radio host on WGN Radio, an author and adjunct faculty at University of Chicago's Graham School.

Previously she led social media and SEO for Chicago Tribune, where she wrote a weekly column on the same topic, and covered the then-rise of digital publishing in the organization's book section, Printers Row. Prior to that, she was fo
“Mismatches destroy us all, even the most tender ones, and most never have the courage to break someone else's heart to follow their own.” 33 likes
“There was a time Jeff and Helen loved each other and touched each other's hands and ate breakfast in cafes together and secretly fucked in public, the way people in like do. Then came a time they made each other crazy and beat their hands on steering wheels and tore up love letters and photographs and said goodbye.” 18 likes
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