While I'm Falling by Laura Moriarty

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In While I'm Falling, Laura Moriarty presents a compelling depiction of how one young woman's life changes when her family breaks up for good.

Ever since her parents announced that they're getting divorced, Veronica has been falling. Hard. She has fallen in love. A junior in college, she has fallen behind in her difficult coursework. She hates her job as counselor at the dorm, and she longs for the home that no longer exists. When an attempt to escape the pressure, combined with bad luck, lands her in a terrifying situation, a shaken Veronica calls her mother for help--only to find her former foundation too preoccupied to offer any assistance at all.

But Veronica only gets to feel hurt for so long. Her mother shows up at the dorm with a surprising request--and with the elderly family dog in tow. Boyfriend complications ensue, along with her father's sudden interest in dating. Veronica soon finds herself with a new set of problems, and new questions about love and independence.

Darkly humorous, beautifully written, and filled with crystalline observations about how families fall apart, While I'm Falling takes a deep look at the relationship between a daughter and a mother when one is trying to grow up and the other is trying to stay afloat.
 

About Laura Moriarty

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Laura Moriarty is the author of The Center of Everything, The Rest of Her Life, and While I’m Falling. She lives in Kansas.
 
Published July 23, 2009 by Hachette Books. 332 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Without a car and longing for some privacy, Veronica leaps at the chance to housesit for one of the more dubious campus characters: a guy named Jimmy, who has piercings, a shaved head, a mysterious, possibly illegal source of income and an oddly familiar girlfriend.

Aug 01 2009 | Read Full Review of While I'm Falling

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the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.” In this, Laura Moriarty’s third work of fiction, Rowling’s words come to life both literally and figuratively, as Veronica Von Holten feels her whole life --- not to mention a borrowed Mini Cooper --- veer out of cont...

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And she had loved it all….” In Laura Moriarty’s While I’m Falling, after twenty-six years of marriage, Veronica Von Holten’s parents, Dan and Natalie, are getting a divorce.

Dec 23 2009 | Read Full Review of While I'm Falling

Bookmarks Magazine

Laura Moriarty keeps getting better and better."
--Jodi Picoult, author of Handle with CareIn While I'm Falling, Laura Moriarty presents a compelling depiction of how one young woman's life changes when her family breaks up for good.Ever since her parents announced that...

Aug 31 2009 | Read Full Review of While I'm Falling

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There's an early danger that Natalie will be as superficially drawn as that roofer, but as the pages turn, the passages in which she appears are ultimately the most caricature-free, the most human.

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