A Beginner's Guide to Free Fall
Husbands and wives. Brothers and sisters. Mothers and daughters. Okay, everybody. Hold on tight.
Davis Winger has it all. A respected engineer who designs roller coasters in theme parks across the country, he is deeply in love with his wife and has a beautiful young daughter and a happy home. Until an accident strikes on one of his rides. Nothing fatal—except to his car...more
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A little familial and marital dysfunction, along with a few crises of self-esteem, never hurt anyone!!
Everyone likes Davis Winger. He’s funny, good-natured, a devoted husband and father, a loving brother and son. He has a great job designing roller coasters and other rides, which meshes well with his personality.
When a mishap on a ride he designed occurs, his job is threatened. At the same time, the one lapse in judgment he's made in his marriage comes to light, and suddenly he finds h ...more
I will be the first to admit this is not my usual book, I did enjoy parts of it. I think the main I did not like in this book was the main character Davis. I keep being told he was supposed to be charming and charismatic, but I simply did not like him I found him more annoyingly smug and condescending in his humour. I think his sister Molly was a better main for the book.
As for Davis' wife being Indian, I did not fully realise this till his daughter said she was half Indian 3/4 of t ...more
*My Pick from Amazon first Reads, in December 2019 I think it was*
Moves a bit slow for I want to saw half or close to it, considered giving up on it a couple times but I had a sense that it wasn't quite time yet and pushed on.
I grew more attached to the characters not long after.. can't pinpoint exactly when it happened, it kind of snuck up on me :).
This is more a character piece with some plot in there. Not to say there isn't a plot, but it is more.. slices of life I guess? Its a sn ...more
Davis and Molly were abandoned by their mother when they were children. Each in their own way carries the burden of that abandonment. Davis is a hot-shot engineer who designs roller-coasters whilst Molly plods along as a 'features' writer for a failing local paper. Davis blows everything that matters to him on one night of ill-considered lust with a colleague and Molly plods along with a younger boy-man as if trying to avoid h ...more
This was a pretty standard story. Davis is an otherwise good guy who has an impulsive, unsatisfying one-night stand which he immediately regrets, and it makes him realize how much he loves his wife. But his wife finds out and throws his cheating a$$ out. Then he spends the rest of the novel trying to win her back.
What elevated this one for me was the likable characters and very witty dialogue. Davis has a job as an engineer/designer of theme ...more
Hopefully more of Mr. Abramowitz's books are planned (in the near future) for release on audible. Enjoyed listening much more and was immediately lured in and transfixed. The plot was amazing!!
Mr. Abramowitz also performed the narration .- Nailed It!! - Flawless. Kept my attention start to finish, and only sorry it wasn't longer ...more
After a dramatic opening, in which our protag Davis loses his job and his wife in one afternoon, the book meanders though their family history and introduces secondary characters who are mostly a little too Quirky, in ways that felt forced. I bought Davis’ shy sister Molly (although I didn’t buy her weirdly passive relationsh ...more
I caught m ...more
* Davis with his rash choices and poor decisions, trying to put his life back together
* Britt with her scorn and working through her anger (and rightly so)
* Molly with her introversion and insecurities
* Charlie being young and brash
* Even the enigmatic McGuinn
I love how the cover plays in to the story. The roller coaster on there is because Davis, one of the MC's, designs and coordinates having them built at amusement parks. The other MC, is Molly, his sister. When we stumble in to their lives, they are in the midst of some pretty big upheavel.
Davis's skills are put into question when a child is hurt on one of his rides and Molly is in a deadend spot in both her job and in her love life. As they each suffer their ...more
The primary character--Davis--has cheated on his wife and more or less goes into a full-on childish tantrum. Instead of manning up, he continually whines about it being a "mistake." No dude, that's a full on conscious decision. Overall, he's pushy with his wife, a judgmental neighbor, tries controlling his own (adult) sister's love life, cringeworthy-woke re: racism, but completely unaware of his own blatant misogyny.
The secondary character--Molly--is marginally more i ...more
When I started this book, I really wasn't sure where it would take me, but I got an intimate feel for David and his sister Molly's life. Both of them were truly at the edge of a precipice and free fall in their lives. An excellent foray into family dynamics, and how they effect us for the rest of our lives. Very well written and excellent character development. I grew to care about the characters and what they were going through. Different genre from what I normally read and well ...more
As a 60 something with an abandonment issue, I thank the author for the space to see my parents and myself in a different light. I occasionally got lost in the pop and literary references but appreciated the gentle revelations they exposed. Before reading "Free Fall" I thought there were no depths left to plumb. Well-written, educated prose with deeply flawed and sympathetic characters. Recommended for anyone whose life has been one big search. ...more
The writing is smart and witty. I laughed out loud, but they're not cheap laughs. The author does an amazing job of capturing the back and forth of ever day relationships. The tone is snarky at times in a way that is true to real life- people tease each other and are sarcastic, they lie when embarrassed, they apologize, argue, and make up. I adored every ...more
Story (4/5): This was a well done contemporary fiction about two siblings. The brother, Davis, is a rollercoaster designer who has been put on paid leave because of an accident that happened on a ride he designed. Right after this happens, his wife finds out that during the project he slept with another woman. He's now living on his own in an apartment trying to pull his ...more
Psychological family trauma, quirky characters, prose waxing poetic - literally and figuratively - there's so much about this book that I should adore. And yet, it fell flat for me.
Davis, the older sibling and lead character, blends into the background of the world churning around him save for one poor decision and the improbable disclosure of it to his wife. Molly, the younger sibling, finds herself and her strength, though she doesn't believe it, through ...more
The feel of this story can be described as a Johnathan Franzen story minus a few degrees of dysfunction. Or perhaps a Jesse Walter work minus a few degrees of painful insight. In all, this boo ...more
The people in the book are unique individuals and could have been reduced to caricatures in less ...more
I found it started a bit slow, with the main character, Davis, being one I struggled to connect to. It isn't that he made mistakes, I've certainly made enough to relate to that part, but that it seemed like he was refusing to admit any possible responsibility for any of it. I did like Molly from the start, introverted, insecure, and unsure of where she is even trying to go.
That said, I found the second half ...more
Though the infidelity arc was just a part of a whole (tales of a tragic coaster accident, an absentee mother, a secret ...more
Andy has a way of writing a story that you don’t want to stop reading. Prepare to Binge Read and wish the story wouldn’t end.
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