Fall by Geoffrey Young

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Fall is the darkly comic story of Paul, a young man recounting how he ended up a fugitive frantically writing his life story on a New York City fire-escape. Paul was Robert, and before that he was Alex, and before that he was Sam, which was the name his mother gave him. It was a dim dawn in suburban Connecticut twelve years ago when Paul committed an act so vile he would be forced to run forever. Now, he is certain his true identity has been discovered. Looking back at his life over the course of three frenzied days, Paul records what happened. Through his figurations and the prismatic lens of his memory, we witness a seemingly normal teenager's descent into hatred, intolerance, and violence. Fall is his confession, and his final act.

About Geoffrey Young

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Geoffrey Young edited and published The Figures for 30 years, and now teaches a class at University at Albany in Art Criticism. For the last 15 years he has curated shows at his contemporary art gallery in Great Barrington, MA. He is the author of the following books of poetry: Pockets of Wheat, Cerulean Embankments, Lights Out, and Fickle Sonnets. Born in Los Angeles, he has lived in the east since 1982.
Published March 31, 2012 by Top Shelf Books. 398 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Stone’s Fall,” a long novel by Iain Pears, the British writer best known for “An Instance of the Fingerpost,” gives the reader the expected more-than-500 pages and also what is not expected at all: a female character who might have stepped out of Balzac, along with a view of the belle époque tha...

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The major female characters in this novel, most notably Fitz’s headstrong sister, Lady Maud Fitzherbert, are eager to achieve suffrage and assert their rights, even as they spawn enough babies to populate the Follett book scheduled for 2012, the trilogy’s World War II installment.

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During the speech, McCarthy held up a piece of paper and declared it “a list of names” of employees at the State Department who were known “members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring” (according to Giblin, the sheet of paper was merely a page from his speech).

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In this huge panorama, empires rise and fall, wars break out and characters of varying social backgrounds live mostly happy or mostly unhappy lives — mostly happy, more often than not, because Follett is an optimist, and firmly on the side of the good guys.

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That evening, at a dinner in the surgeon's home with other guests — including the doctor's surgeon friend Little Dr. Gurameto — Dr. Big takes advantage of his old friendship with the Nazi officer and presses the military man to set the hostages free.

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Young writes that when his heart "swelled idio / pathically" he realized the challenge was to "go out … with a soft thank-you."

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... REVIEW SUMMARY: Andromeda's Fall is an exciting place for readers to ... When Princess Ophelia Ordanus decides to murder her brother, ...

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It’s a great story about the lessons we learn along the way, by one girl who learned those lessons way too late.

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