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The Art of Falling
by Kathryn Craft


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"A sensitive study of a woman choreographing her own recovery."--Kirkus

One Wrong Step Could Send Her Over the Edge

All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance--and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"A sensitive study of a woman choreographing her own recovery."--Kirkus

One Wrong Step Could Send Her Over the Edge

All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance--and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

Kathryn Craft's lyrical debut novel is a masterful portrayal of a young woman trying to come to terms with her body and the artistic world that has repeatedly rejected her. The Art of Falling expresses the beauty of movement, the stasis of despair, and the unlimited possibilities that come with a new beginning.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402285196
  • ISBN-10: 1402285191
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 361
  • Dimensions: 8.18 x 5.59 x 0.97 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.89 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Dancer Penny Sparrow struggles to regain balance after a mysterious accident leaves her injured, in Craft’s mixed debut. Penny has no memory of what caused her traumatic fall—or if it was a suicide attempt—but odds are it has something to do with her no longer being a member of the Philadelphia modern dance troupe where she was a rising star. The story shifts between recollections of her history as a performer and her love affair with the troupe’s founder and her present, in which she struggles to find her identity now that she is no longer a working dancer. Penny’s eating disorder and body image problems play a large part in her story and reduce her appeal—she angrily brushes off conversation about her own issues while attempting to control the nutritional habits of her devoted mother and friends. The characters and their dialogue are often maudlin, but Craft, a former dance teacher, choreographer, and critic, delivers an enjoyable portrait of the hidden world of dance and the mind of a dancer. (Jan.)

 
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