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A Beginner's Guide to Free Fall

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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

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Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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    Husbands and wives. Brothers and sisters. Mothers and daughters. Okay, everybody. Hold on tight.

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    Barbara
    This was my December pick from the Amazon Prime First Reads selection.

    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
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    Goth Gone Grey
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
    A slow, uneventful roller coaster ride

    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
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    Kristina Trawick
    Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a ride

    To be honest, about a fourth of the way through this book I was regretting that I had wasted my free Prime choice on a slow, seemingly predictable book. I stopped reading it and almost whooshed it off to the cloud. I'm not sure why, but yesterday I delved back into and boy howdy I am sure glad I did. This is the story of so many of us, with wonderful turns of phrases, beautiful insights and some downright, laugh out loud, funny lines. ".... everything came with a boob of coleslaw." If
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    Kim
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Debated 4 or 5 stars, but anyway I loved this book. It’s about forgiveness. The search for, the lack of, the merits of. The pain of needing forgiveness. The pain of withholding forgiveness. Plus it’s wicked funny. The characters leap off the page in their fully formed uncomfortable complex realness. There’s some beautiful lines, or at least bitingly honest lines.
    Judith E Maestas
    Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Funny, spirited, warm book.

    Loved the siblings in this story. They were seemingly abandoned by their mother, but not bitter and mean with one another or with anyone else. Their senses of humor seemed as odd as mine, and I love it when that happens. Likeable characters everywhere, and well written. I had a hard time putting it down. Enjoyed it so much.
    Shane
    Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Loved this book. A quick and easy read that will make you laugh and also warm your heart. Lots of great writing - including some really good nuggets that made me wish I had written them, and the musical references are a bonus for music lovers. Highly recommend.
    Jamie
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Enjoyable

    Took a bit to get its rhythm but worth it. Great characters and turns of phrase. Good escape with substance.
    Alice Gosling
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Really, really good

    Unsettling and surprising the whole way through with the best six year old ever. Here are my six more words
    Megan Fitzpatrick
    Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
    Decent

    I thought the book was good. Some characters were confusing and the writing was OK. I like the premise of the story.
    julianne
    I wasted my December Amazon First Reads pick on this.

    Flounced it at 13% as I couldn't bear to read more.
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    Andy Abramowitz is the author of THANK YOU, GOODNIGHT (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster 2015) and A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO FREE FALL (Lake Union 2019). A native of Baltimore, he lives with his wife, two daughters, and their bichon poodle in Philadelphia, where he enjoys classic rock, pitchers’ duels, birthday cake, the sound of a Fender Rhodes piano, and the month of October. He could never build a ...more
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