Falling by Elisha Cooper
A Daughter, a Father, and a Journey Back

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The changes in her are mainly the ones any girl might experience from the ages of 4 to 8. But her father is transformed into a writer who must leave “an angry island” and reconcile the world’s horrors with its ineffable beauty. A profoundly moving memoir.
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Elisha Cooper spends his morn­ings creating children’s books and his afternoons playing with his two daughters. But when he discovers a lump in five-year-old Zoë’s midsection as she sits on his lap at a Chicago Cubs game, everything changes. Surgery, sleepless nights, months of treatment, a drumbeat of worry. Even as the family moves to New York and Zoë starts kindergarten, they must navigate a new normal: school and soccer and hot chocolate at the local café, inter­rupted by anxious visits to the hospital. Elisha and his wife strive to help their daughters maintain a sense of stability and joy in their family life. And he tries to understand this new world—how it changes art and language and laughter—as he holds on to the protective love he feels for his child.
 
With the observant eye of an artist and a remarkable sense of humor, Elisha captures his family’s journey through a perilous time and, in the process, shows how we are all transformed by the fear and hope we feel for those we love


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About Elisha Cooper

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Elisha Cooper is the award-winning author of FARM, which received starred reviews in THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, and BEACH, which won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. Other picture books include A GOOD NIGHT WALK, MAGIC THINKS BIG, and DANCE!, a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Elisha Cooper lives with his family in New York City. For more information, go to www.elishacooper.com.
 
Published June 14, 2016 by Pantheon. 161 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 31 2016

The changes in her are mainly the ones any girl might experience from the ages of 4 to 8. But her father is transformed into a writer who must leave “an angry island” and reconcile the world’s horrors with its ineffable beauty. A profoundly moving memoir.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Benjamin Anastas on Jun 17 2016

It is at moments like this when Cooper’s prose evokes the sharpness — and the melancholy — of his watercolor paintings for his children’s books...There is a matter-of-­factness to Cooper’s art (“Who is this girl?”) that helps “Falling” avoid the pitfalls of mawkishness and sentimentality.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Melanie Bishop on Jul 22 2016

Sentence by sentence, Cooper’s prose is admirable...The memoir would benefit from more focus on Zoë, the kind we are treated to toward the end, at the trapeze class. Gorgeous, stunning portrait there, suspended. Bravo.

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