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Lansing Meadows has one last shot to get it right. With the clock ticking, he sets out on the road one last time, to sing his songs to anyone who'll listen, and to try to right his wrongs, before it's too late.Fallsy Downsies is a novel about aging, art, celebrity and modern Canadian culture, told through the lens of Lansing Meadows, the godfather of Canadian folk music; E ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Invisible Publishing
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Robyn Bradshaw
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fallsy Downsies quickly became my favourite new read of the year,and I am thrilled to have encountered the work of such a warm and intelligent author. Domet presents the story of an aging folk music icon and his young travelling companion and protégé with sensivity born of a deep love for the characters, and a warm understanding of Canadian folk music history and the lived reality of its practitioners. The female lead of the novel's trio of protagonists was a particularly delightful surprise, de ...more
Tara
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2015
Loved this book, from the moment the characters began their journey (I love a good road trip) to the very last page. Beautiful story and characters and I loved the writing style. This book made me laugh and it made me cry. It has become one of my favourite books, a book whose characters will stay with me long after I place it on the shelf.
Abcdarian
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian, fiction
3.5 stars. Slow moving, especially in the beginning, but quite likable.
C
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Soo good! LOVED it! Canadiana fiction at it's best. I loved the connection I felt with the characters and followed right along on their ups and downs. But mostly, I LOVED her writing style. ...more
John Hanson
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a charming summer read, and I very much enjoyed it.

The last scene, the last paragraph, define the book. Or should. The story should have been about how that time and space between audience silence and Lansing Meadows beginning his song make all of his life problems disappear. My main beef with the story is that we are presented with all of his problems, but are given very little of his time in front of the mic. We see the aftermaths. A black box approach. I think the final sentence dem
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Andree
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, book-club
Default 3 star rating. This is another book that I really wanted to like more than I did. There were aspects of it that I really loved, but there were also simultaneously aspects about it that I really didn't.

I struggled to care, and get at all invested in it for the first third. Or rather, I liked Evan a lot (and then Dacey, when she was introduced), but I had trouble with Lansing Meadows himself. It reminded me of the movie Crazy Heart, the one that Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for, for portrayin
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Nicole Myers
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stephanie Domet’s second novel ‘Fallsy Downsies’ is rich and unforgettable. It is a big-hearted account chronicling three indelible characters on tour together moving across the Canadian landscape rife with the sounds of music, furtive personal pursuits and wry humour, all told with tender humanity, affection and in Domet’s clear and clever literary voice.

Throughout this well-crafted novel, I felt as though I was in the back seat of the Corolla as it rolled and hissed along the Canadian Highway
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Jennifer
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5 stars.

I really liked this book. I wasn't sure what to expect from someone I listen to on the radio every day but I really enjoy her writing style.

The characters in this book are beautifully executed. They feel very real - not perfect but not over-dramatically flawed.

The book is very Canadian and especially very Atlantic Canadian - having spent a lot of time in Petite Rivière and having been to Grand Falls recently I could picture those locations, and the rest of the Canadian
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Oni
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Opening Fallsy Downsies you are immediately drawn into the lives of its characters and feel like you are travelling along right beside them. This story of personal growth, reflection and acceptance will give you some chuckles and leave you wanting more.

Domet's imagery is outstanding. It's not the flowering long-winded kind, but the kind that takes you there immediately. Best is her ability to express those everyday things in a way that makes you relate personally with the characters of Evan Corn
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Debra Komar
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. It had recently won an award at the Atlantic Book awards and it is well deserved. It immediately brought to mind Gordon Lightfoot and Stompin' Tom and the heyday of Canadian folk music. A fascinating glimpse into the life of a touring musician whose career is on the decline. Tight prose, interesting characters. Really well done. A small Canadian gem, worth the effort to find it. ...more
A.J.B. Johnston
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think the figure around home the story revolves, aging folk singer Lansing Meadows, is a great character. So grumpy and cantankerous. I also found convincing the insights the author provides into the mindset of performers, how much they yearn for the moments on stage when the performing and the audience are in sync. I anticipated that the ending was going to be difficult to construct, but I like the way Domet ended it.
Dar
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Stephanie Domet is an author and radio personality local to me. I enjoyed her first book, Homing, when it came out in 2007. This one was a folksy novel about a legendary Canadian folk singer and his protege, Evan, a small-town boy who follows the folk singer on what might be his last tour. The characters and situations were a bit precious at times - and it almost didn't matter how it ended. It was a sweet slice of life and a coming-of-age story. ...more
Jim
Jun 16, 2014 added it
This is a great book.
Intrigued by the flyleaf, I can avow that the book delivers beautifully what was promised. Has some fine Canadian geography depicted in various small towns, (Sackville, NB, Kingston, Wawa, etc) but it's strength is it's storyline and sensitive narrative.

I've enjoyed this book as much as any I've read this year!(21 ytd)
Check it out!
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Tan
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Funny, even while heart-breaking. Evan and Dacey are great characters to hitch a ride with as they chase their dreams from the Atlantic Ocean to Winnipeg. (That dream embodied by an aging, cantaquerous CanRock legend on his final run)
Alana
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Well written, the story draws you along, disappointed with the resolution
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Stephanie Domet lives in Halifax with her husband. Her debut novel, Homing, won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. Her second, Fallsy Downsies, won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Both are published by Invisible Publishing (Halifax); she is at work on a third. She is forever trying to perfect homemade ravioli, and a piano rendition of Sweet Caroline.

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