Falling into the World

Falling into the World

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by Karen Brichoux
     
 

Six years ago, Augustina Fletcher's future plans were shattered when a car accident took her mother's life and left her father paralyzed. Augustina left graduate school to care for her father and rebellious younger sister, Saphi. But without her mother's humor and wisdom guiding her, Augustina felt helpless under the weight of responsibility, especially after Saphi

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Six years ago, Augustina Fletcher's future plans were shattered when a car accident took her mother's life and left her father paralyzed. Augustina left graduate school to care for her father and rebellious younger sister, Saphi. But without her mother's humor and wisdom guiding her, Augustina felt helpless under the weight of responsibility, especially after Saphi ran away.

But now Saphi's back, and all Augustina's choices-even her decision to marry respectable Colton Morley-seem wrong. And as she begins questioning her life, she realizes that getting answers just might require a tumble into the unknown.

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Good girl from rural Missouri tries to deal with family crisis and nasty mother-in-law. There's little doubt as to who will win out in the end. Augustina Fletcher was well on her way out of the burg of Stoic, Mo., one of those fly-buzzed hamlets with an improbable name and a humble air, when a family situation intervened. The graduate degree from Johns Hopkins would have to wait; Augustina moved home after a car accident killed her mother and put her father, a well-respected Methodist minister, in a wheelchair. Some years later, Augustina is engaged to a lawyer from a good Stoic family, but marrying him means acquiring a shrewish and domineering witch of a mother-in-law who's about one snide remark away from provoking justifiable homicide. The added fuel that brings this simmering pot to a boil is the surprise return of Augustina's sister Saphi. A classic professional ne'er-do-well, Saphi hits all of her overachieving sibling's buttons with relentless force, including the few that their well-meaning father hasn't been hitting himself. The author slowly, carefully delineates the full extent of Augustina's disappointment at her now-limited life and her inability to fill her mother's shoes at church. Disappointed or not, Augustina is always a woman to respect. Unfortunately, the story lacks energy, especially when compared to the brash courageousness of the author's debut, Coffee and Kung Fu (2003). Readers may well be taken with Augustina, not to mention her salty and appealing father, but the story can only drag to its close. Fine writing and an eye for character can't make up for this small-scale, small-town drama's critical lack of purpose.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451218438
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
11/07/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Brichoux, the daughter of American missionaries, grew up in the Philippines, but now lives in the Midwestern United States with her spouse, three cats, and a large dog. Author website: karenbrichoux.com.

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Falling into the World 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Her dreams ended six years ago with the car accident that killed her mom and turned her dad into a paraplegic. Six years ago Augustina Fletcher was planning to go to an out of state graduate school those dreams are dead along with her mother whom she loved and still misses. However, someone had to stay home in Missouri to care for her father and raise her younger sister Saphi. Though a teen at the time of the tragedy, Augustina did her best, but Saphi ran away anyway. --- In her twenties, Augustina feels old and tired as responsibility cripples her. Her salvation is routines and the nearby Mississippi River, which enables her to fantasize about floating away from her world. Now Saphi is back, but Augustina resents her fleeing while dumping all the work on her. She wonders if marriage to Colton is the right thing for her especially since she cannot stand his bossy mom and is not sure she loves him. Augustina considers just leaving town and let Saphi deal with responsibility not yet aware that her sister is a widow still in mourning. --- This is an insightful character study of a young woman who feels the weight of responsibly has caused her essence to vanish and to get it back she feels she must leave in order to find her own world, but that is no option for those left behind. Augustina is as a deep character as any recent novel has produced because the audience knows her as well as they know themselves. Her feelings of trapped hopelessness and despair with no future let alone present though only in her twenties make for a deep somewhat maudlin tale that will have readers compare their life situations to that of Augustina. --- Harriet Klausner