Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett
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Jincy Willett, who let a thin woman and her fat twin flirt with renown in her lively first novel, “Winner of the National Book Award,” drops Amy back into the fray in her new literary satire.
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Synopsis

Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor living in Escondido, California, with her dog, Alphonse. Since recent unsettling events, she has made some progress. While she still has writer's block, she doesn't suffer from it. She's still a hermit, but she has allowed some of her class members into her life. She is no longer numb, angry, and sardonic: she is merely numb and bemused, which is as close to happy as she plans to get. Amy is calm.

So, when on New Year's morning she shuffles out to her backyard garden to plant a Norfolk pine, she is wholly unprepared for what happens next.

Amy falls down.

A simple accident, as a result of which something happens, and then something else, and then a number of different things, all as unpredictable as an eight-ball break. At first the changes are small, but as these small events carom off one another, Amy's life changes in ways that range from ridiculous to frightening to profound.

This most reluctant of adventurers is dragged and propelled by train, plane, and automobile through an outlandish series of antic media events on her way to becoming--to her horror--a kind of celebrity. And along the way, as the numbness begins to wear off, she comes up against something she has avoided all her life: her future, that "sleeping monster, not to be poked."

Jincy Willett's Amy Falls Down explores, through the experience of one character, the role that accident plays in all our lives. "You turn a corner and beasts break into arias, gunfire erupts, waking a hundred families, starting a hundred different conversations. You crack your head open and three thousand miles away a stranger with Asperger's jump-starts your career."

We are all like Amy. We are all wholly unprepared for what happens next.

Also, there's a basset hound.
An NPR Best Book of 2013

 

About Jincy Willett

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Jincy Willett is a writer and editor. She is the author of Jenny and the Jaws of Life and Winner of the National Book Award. She lives in San Diego, California. You can visit her Web site at www.jincywillett.com.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books. 337 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 16 2013

Willett’s skill in crafting zany scenes and Amy’s acerbic wit are not enough to keep this novel afloat.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Kit Reed on Jul 05 2013

Jincy Willett, who let a thin woman and her fat twin flirt with renown in her lively first novel, “Winner of the National Book Award,” drops Amy back into the fray in her new literary satire.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 06 2013

Willett uses her charmingly filterless heroine as a mouthpiece to slam a parade of thinly veiled literati and media personalities with riotous accuracy, but she balances the snark with moments of poignancy.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Jul 03 2014

Amy Gallup is a fascinating creation with a unique outlook on the world she finds herself living in. She has her flaws and inconsistencies, but these are the things that humanize her...Meeting her in the pages of Amy Falls Down is a true pleasure...this is one thoroughly amusing piece of work.

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