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Hilarious and poignant...Suisman's comedic novel will charm readers with its endearingly eccentric characters and its slice-of-life portrait of a disreputable corner of New York State...A charming, funny novel. -BookLife

A kaleidoscopic, funny and compassionate tale of small town life and human fallibility, written in prose that is lyrical, compelling and compassionate.
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Published March 24th 2020 by Charlie Suisman
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Lauren
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt-recs
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Arnold Falls is a very unique book. I havent ever read anything like it, which maybe isnt so surprising since I tend to read sci fi fantasy and this is definitely not that.

What is is, however, is a delight. Witty, warm and welcoming to the core, Arnold Falls is full of bright characters, a handful of slightly slow but interesting plots and a lot of heart. Chaplin the turkey won me over from the first gobble and
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Linda
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Small 🏡🏠 community with loads of quirk, supporting each other. Timely message for these troubled days👍

4-4.5🌟stars
This book took me on a unique journey to a lively but seen-better-days small New York State town where most of the characters are heavily invested in each other's welfare and the common good for their Arnold Falls community. So many quirky, zany characters from a highly social tom turkey called Chaplin, to a 93 year-old waitress with a big secret and even bigger heart. There's clean
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JM
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a free ARC from BookSirens in exchange for my honest opinion.

Well, I gave this one a try because one of the blurbs said it was similar to P.G. Wodehouse, whose work I've always enjoyed.

I'm not sure I'd agree that there's that much of Wodehouse in there but I did notice a few touches here and there. Funnily enough, for some reason it reminded me, tone-wise, more of a mix of J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" with that part at the middle of Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" where Shadow is
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McKenzie Tozan
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Suisman has created an interesting and unique cast of characters, alternating smoothly between first- and third-person perspectives, in his latest creative work, ARNOLD FALLS.

From the beginning, we join the main character, Jeebie, in a small New York State town that has obviously seen better days, but we are carried through the book on creativity, hilarity, and genuine depictions of its people. Timely to its core, the book's undertones emphasize the community's investment in each
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Lucas Tennen
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finishing this book was like having to say goodbye to old friends. Suisman gives the reader a window into the town of Arnold Falls, sweeping you through into the most intimate corners of its resident's lives. Much like the town, the novel starts off slow, but grows on you in a very surprising way.

Once the characters are established, you find yourself invested in their struggles and successes. Told mostly through Jeebee, the newcomer. He acts as a very strong protagonist to anchor the reader in
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Hannah Barry
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly delightful read. This book was a lot more fun and funny than I was expecting it to be. It was also incredibly lovely to see queer representation at the forefront of this novel. This felt like such a reminiscent read for me; think The Casual Vacancy.

Fantastic character development and great attention to detail. i was never bored but instead found myself wanting to savor this read, dreading the moment I would have to leave these new friends of mine.

A success with beautiful movement and a
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Mack Lipkin
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Go to Arnold Falls, you wont want to leave

The perfect read for these difficult times: a laugh out loud satirical portrait of small town life rich with deftly drawn quirky characters thriving through fire, malevolence, aging and death. I began to read slower because I didnt want it to end! Take a trip to Arnold Falls, you wont want to leave.
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Pâmela da Silva Lima
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delightful reading from the beginning to the end, this is a really fun book. If you're looking for a very light story, with fun characters and a fast plot, this one is for you.
Maybe it's the author background, but it feels like a column at New York Times talking about the life in a little city in a sly and cheeky way. When I start reading it the language was a little difficult, since English is not my first language, but I got used to it and learnead a lot along the way.
The main character is
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Charlotte
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Im sorry! I just cant get into this book. I may not be the intended audience, but the style didnt work for me at all. I found the writing far too detailed and there were so many characters introduced that I couldnt even keep them all straight. There were parts of it that seemed quite funny. ...more
Kerri
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This was a quirky, fun little read.

The visuals in this book are great, and it builds the town in your mind easily. The characters are many and varied. I will admit to having trouble keeping track of the narrative changes between chapters, I really wish there would have been something denoting those changes, which is why this is three stars instead of four.

It feels very much like Gilmore Girls, so if that sort of vibe is something you'd enjoy, it's almost a given you'd enjoy Arnold Falls. The
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Angie Boyter
I stopped 30 pages in, so I won't rate it. Maybe it got better, but instead of being humorous, I found it very unappealing. Characters like the 93-year-old waitress who would have gone into a career in the family bordello if she hadn't had a flatulence problem got to be too much for me. And I must admit that, as someone who is active in my own local elections, I do NOT find stealing your opponent's election signs AT ALL funny.
I think I had been envisioning something like a Richard Russo book, so
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Kathy Webb
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this Kindle edition book in a Goodreads
Giveaway. Thank you to everyone involved.
An interesting and unique book.
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Charlie Suisman launched Manhattan Users Guide in 1992, creating the first city newsletter.

He has written several guide books to New York, including Manhattan Users Guide, published by Hyperion, Shop Talk, The New York Times Guide to Hotels in New York City, and The New York Holiday Guide

He has a Tibetan Terrier named Nipsey.

Arnold Falls is his first novel.
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