Falling to Earth by Kate Southwood

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Southwood’s beautifully constructed novel, so psychologically acute, is a meditation on loss in every sense.
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March 18, 1925. The day begins as any other rainy, spring day in the small settlement of Marah, Illinois. But the town lies directly in the path of the worst tornado in US history, which will descend without warning midday and leave the community in ruins. By nightfall, hundreds will be homeless and hundreds more will lie in the streets, dead or grievously injured. Only one man, Paul Graves, will still have everything he started the day with –– his family, his home, and his business, all miraculously intact.

Based on the historic Tri-State tornado, Falling to Earth follows Paul Graves and his young family in the year after the storm as they struggle to comprehend their own fate and that of their devastated town, as they watch Marah resurrect itself from the ruins, and as they miscalculate the growing resentment and hostility around them with tragic results.
 

About Kate Southwood

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Kate Southwood received an M.A. in French Medieval Art from the University of Illinois, and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts Program for Poets and Writers. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives in Oslo, Norway with her husband and their two daughters. Falling to Earth is her first novel
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Europa Editions. 272 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by MAX BYRD on Mar 22 2013

Southwood’s beautifully constructed novel, so psychologically acute, is a meditation on loss in every sense.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by John M. Wills on Mar 05 2013

Readers will find themselves engrossed in this grim but well-written account of how a devastated town struggles to rebuild—and in the process destroys the same family that played a major role in its initial founding.

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