Falling to Earthby Kate Southwood
March 18, 1925. The day begins as any other rainy, spring day in the small settlement of Marah, Illinois. But the town lies directly in the path of the worst tornado in US history, which will descend without warning midday and leave the community in ruins. By nightfall, hundreds will be homeless and hundreds more will lie in the streets, dead or grievously injured.
March 18, 1925. The day begins as any other rainy, spring day in the small settlement of Marah, Illinois. But the town lies directly in the path of the worst tornado in US history, which will descend without warning midday and leave the community in ruins. By nightfall, hundreds will be homeless and hundreds more will lie in the streets, dead or grievously injured. Only one man, Paul Graves, will still have everything he started the day with –– his family, his home, and his business, all miraculously intact.
Based on the historic Tri-State tornado, Falling to Earth follows Paul Graves and his young family in the year after the storm as they struggle to comprehend their own fate and that of their devastated town, as they watch Marah resurrect itself from the ruins, and as they miscalculate the growing resentment and hostility around them with tragic results.
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Meet the Author
Kate Southwood received an M.A. in French Medieval Art from the University of Illinois, and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts Program for Poets and Writers. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives in Oslo, Norway with her husband and their two daughters. Falling to Earth is her first novel.
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Fiction based on a true event. A severe tornado demolishes a small town on the Plains. One family is spared including their house and business. How does a family cope with extremely good luck and an envious town?
Great characters scripted in a heart-warming and, sometime heart-wrenching story. Makes you really think about why things happen to some and not others....
I liked the novel very much. But since it was based on a historical event, I expected the book would tell more about the story and portray more about the devastation of the town and the people. I found it bit "over the line" in terms of the manner in which seemingly the entire town turned on this one family who escaped any injury or damage.
A very sad story about a long forgotten incident.
Fantastic novel, beautifully written.
Magnificent writing. Reminds me of Marilyn Robinson's Gilead. Heart-wrenching, yes and filled with grace.
This book was so sad that halfway through l quit reading. I skipped to the end and even the ending was sad. The story was very believable and you could see how this could happen in a small town.