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Tall Poppy Review: Complex Recovery in The Art of Falling

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Imagine falling 14 stories from a city high rise and landing on top of a car. That’s what happens to Penelope Sparrow, a complicated character who has spent her entire life obsessively chasing her dream of becoming a successful dancer. Riddled with insecurities, struggling to adapt her body to the demands of the dance profession, and under the constant pressure of her loving but overbearing mother, Penelope wakes from this devastating trauma to face a heartbreaking new reality of brokenness.

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In The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks) Kathryn Craft has penned a story that takes us through the complicated challenges of recovery while braiding this emotional storyline through a web of intricate subplots. In this tale, we are challenged to consider our own strengths and weaknesses while exploring the importance of human relationship and resilience.

With her trademark delivery of poignant characters, lush language, and accurate research, Craft has delivered a novel that does much more than entertain. It heals our hearts and shapes our souls and sends us away as more compassionate participants in the dance of life, forcing us to examine how we rise again after our hardest falls and to consider what it really means to live.

The Art of Falling is now available to purchase.


Kathryn Craft is the author of two novels from Sourcebooks: The Art of Falling and The Far End of Happy. Long a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene, she served on the boards of the Philadelphia Writers Conference and the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, and now volunteers as she can for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (https://womensfictionwriters.org). She hosts lakeside writing retreats for women in northern New York State, leads Craftwriting workshops, and speaks often about writing. She blogs monthly at Writers in the Storm (http://www.writersinthestormblog.com) on “Turning Whine into Gold,” and many of her craft articles are in the archives at The Blood-Red Pencil blog (http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com). She lives with her husband in Bucks County, PA. Author Website: www.kathryncraft.com Connect on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/kathryn_craft

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Julie Cantrell is an award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novelist whose work focuses on relationships and resilience. As a writer, teacher, and TEDx presenter, she aims to build empathy and connection while inspiring others to live their best life. Her debut novel, Into the Free, earned a starred review by Publishers Weekly, the Mississippi Library Association’s Fiction Award, and the Christy Award Book of the Year. It also was named a Best Read of 2012 by USA TODAY, while becoming an international bestseller. The sequel, When Mountains Move, was named a 2013 Best Read by USA TODAY, a finalist for numerous awards, and winner of the Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Her third novel, The Feathered Bone was selected as an Okra Pick by SIBA and Book of the Year by Pulpwood Queens. A finalist for three literary awards, including the Southern Book Prize, it won the Carol Award for Contemporary Fiction and earned a starred review by Library Journal, who also named it a Best Book of 2016. Perennials, her fourth novel, has been recognized as a top read of 2017 by Redbook Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, REAL SIMPLE, and USA TODAY HEA. In addition to receiving praise from Publishers Weekly and CBA Market Magazine, Perennials also has been named a Top Pick by RT Reviews and an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. A certified speech-language pathologist, naturalist, and previous organic farmer, Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review. She is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship as well as the Mary Elizabeth Nelson Fellowship at Rivendell Writers’ Colony, and she was named a 2017 finalist for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction Award. A mother of two, Julie writes from her home in Oxford, Mississippi.

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