Tumbledown by Robert Boswell
A Novel

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Boswell makes only one misstep in a novel that seems guaranteed to deliver pleasure: Karly Hopper...She's less a character than a waking wet dream...
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Synopsis

Robert Boswell's first novel since Century's Son showcases once again his "dazzling technical skill, intelligence and moral seriousness" (The New York Times Book Review)

*A Library Journal "Best Indie Fiction of 2013" *
At age thirty-three, James Candler seems to be well on the road to success. He's in line for a big promotion at Onyx Springs, the treatment facility where he's a therapist. He has a fiancée, a sizable house, and a Porsche.
But . . . he's falling in love with another woman, he's underwater on his mortgage, and he's put his hapless best friend in charge of his signature therapeutic program. Even the GPS on his car can't seem to predict where he should turn next. And his clients are struggling in their own hilarious, heartbreaking ways to keep their lives on track. How can he help them if he can't help himself?
In Tumbledown, Robert Boswell presents a large, unforgettable cast of characters who are all failing and succeeding in various degrees to make sense of our often-irrational world. In a moving narrative twist, he boldly reckons with the extent to which tragedy can be undone, the impossible accommodated.

 

About Robert Boswell

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Robert Boswell’s previous books include The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards and Mystery Ride. He teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson College MFA program and lives in Las Cruces, NM.
 
Published August 6, 2013 by Graywolf Press. 456 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Zeidner on Aug 09 2013

But because all these people, no matter how damaged, are essentially tenderhearted, Boswell can write the most refreshingly old-fashioned kind of narrative: one that evokes deep sympathy for all its characters. Boswell’s anatomy of melancholy introduces us to a large cast of misfits...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 06 2013

As James’s clients try to keep their own hearts in check and James’s indecision mounts, Boswell brilliantly cuts back to childhood and the revelation that James had an autistic big brother named Pook.

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Kirkus

Above average
on May 17 2013

Boswell makes only one misstep in a novel that seems guaranteed to deliver pleasure: Karly Hopper...She's less a character than a waking wet dream...

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes on Aug 10 2013

“Tumbledown” is a welcome return from a grossly overlooked and underrated novelist. With luck the wait for Boswell’s next offering won’t be nearly so long.

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