The Fallback Plan

( 5 )

Overview

A charming, smart and hilarious debut novel about the tricky period between college graduation and moving out of your parents’ house

Just graduated from college, Esther Kohler’s post-graduate plans include: returning to her parents’ house, taking old prescription tranquilizers, hanging out with Jack, her unrequited high school crush, and re-reading her favorite children’s books.

But Esther’s parents decide she...

See more details below
Paperback
$12.51
BN.com price
(Save 16%)$14.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (38) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $1.99   
  • Used (26) from $1.99   
The Fallback Plan

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.99
BN.com price
(Save 26%)$14.95 List Price

Overview

A charming, smart and hilarious debut novel about the tricky period between college graduation and moving out of your parents’ house

Just graduated from college, Esther Kohler’s post-graduate plans include: returning to her parents’ house, taking old prescription tranquilizers, hanging out with Jack, her unrequited high school crush, and re-reading her favorite children’s books.

But Esther’s parents decide she should do something— anything—while mulling her future. So they volunteer her to work as a nanny for their neighbors, the Browns.

It’s a tricky assignment: six months earlier, the Browns’ youngest child had died. Still, as Esther finds herself falling in love with their surviving daughter May, she’s impressed by how well they seem to be coping. And as Esther and her old high school flame resume a confusing relationship, she finds it easier to escape to the Browns' house.

Soon, though, she finds herself assuming the role of mother to May, confidante to May’s mother Amy, and partner in crime to Amy’s husband Nate.... And when these conflicting alliances inevitably collide, Esther is forced to create her own definition of who she really is.

Both witty and heartbreaking, The Fallback Plan is a beautifully written and moving story of what we must leave behind, and what we manage to hold on to, as we navigate the treacherous terrain between youth and adulthood.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stein, 26, captures the voice of the young 20-something prodigal daughter with the clarion call of authenticity in her debut novel. Esther Kohler is a burned-out recent college grad who has returned to the claustrophobic embrace of her suburban family home following a depressive episode in her final semester at Northwestern University. An aspiring actress and screenwriter (Esther’s inchoate screenplay features characters and tropes borrowed from her favorite childhood books), she spends her days taking prescription pills and tagging along on the misadventures of her childhood friend, Pickle, and his “devastatingly attractive” but unstable buddy, Jack. Esther’s poor decision-making skills have an amusing universality, and Stein’s dry humor lends a nicely angst-free tone to her misadventures. In acquiescence to her parents, she accepts a babysitting job for a family who recently lost a child. Esther finds her own life becoming inextricably linked with a family with “real problems,” forcing her to take that last step away from adolescence and to embrace the future. Stein’s light, accessible, self-deprecating prose makes this coming-of-age story a pleasure. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"This book has a universal quality, capturing a generation's angst quite like Franny and Zooey did when it was published in 1961."—Chicago Tribune

"The Fallback Plan is to this generation what Rick Moody’s The Ice Storm was to the previous generation, and The Catcher in the Rye before that."—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Review of Books

"Stein’s wry voice shines through... her self-aware take on the self-pitying recession-grad generation is compelling reading." —The Millions

"Stein, 26, captures the voice of the young 20-something prodigal daughter with the clarion call of authenticity in her debut novel. ... Stein’s light, accessible, self-deprecating prose makes this coming-of-age story a pleasure."—Publishers Weekly

"Stein's fluid style is peppered with wryness and pop-culture references...[she] seems poised to become the Lena Dunham of contemporary fiction."—ELLE

"Readers will endorse Esther Kohler’s voice as being not only funny, but also true. It echoes long after her story ends, and “The Fallback Plan’’ is a novel everyone under 30 will relate to with familiar pangs of self-loathing and sympathy."—Boston Globe

"An existential crisis of lost 20-somethings that pretty much everyone can relate to."—NYLON 

"Cheeky, self-assured prose."—O: The Oprah Magazine
 
"Beautiful, funny, thrilling and true."—Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story)
 
“Intimate, urgent, and laugh-out-loud funny, Leigh Stein's novel bravely investigates the splendor and tragedy of the end of youth with a sensitivity and lyrical deftness that will not disappoint. Think Franny and Zooey. Think Goodbye, Columbus. Think of this book as your next great read.”—Joe Meno (Hairstyles of the Damned, The Great Perhaps)

"[A] fantastic book whose charm and warmth beg for a second read-through."—InDigest Magazine

" The Fallback Plan has got it all: Sex, love, drugs, death, infidelity and one very confused post-grad."—College Magazine

Library Journal
A new genre has emerged in current popular culture of slacker stories about twenty-somethings—mostly young men—who lack any ambition beyond channel surfing, playing video games, and staying stoned. Stein's debut joins this trend with the story of Esther Kohler, a recent college graduate with no job prospects and no fallback plan beyond moving into her parents' guest room. After weeks of hanging out with friends who are even more lost than she is, Esther is pushed into accepting a babysitting job. Spending time with a four-year-old is within her skill range, but she's out of her depth with the parents, who are grieving the loss of a baby. VERDICT Esther's initial lethargy is so complete readers may wonder why they should bother to keep turning the pages. If they do, they will be rewarded with a graceful twist of redemption. The mix of self-absorption, depression, and grief does not always sit well together, but Stein makes the final chapters work.—Jan Blodgett, Davidson, NC
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612190426
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,407,931
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

This is Leigh Stein's first novel, although at 26 she is already an accomplished writer. A former New Yorker staffer and frequent contributor to its “Book Bench” blog, her poetry has been published in numerous journals, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and earned her Poets & Writers Magazine’s Amy Award. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches drama to public schoolchildren in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2.5
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    A book to commisserate with

    As a recent college graduate from Illinois, moved into the guest room and doing odd jobs, I wondered a little if I was being stalked while this book was written. I came to this book looking for answers, and the fact that I didn't find any explicit ones but ended happy was refreshing.

    I think the clinically depressed, pill-popping twenty-something skating through life is a bit overused, and occasionally frustrating, but the tone and style recover the stereotype. Most of the characters are cookie-cutter and half-baked (figuratively and literally), with Esther and May being the most intriguing, but for the length and scope of the book, this is actually perfect.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Do not recommend

    Predictable. Lacks development of plot and characters. I would not recommend this book to others

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Potential blown

    What had the potential for an insightful novel became a self serving meandering mess

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)