"Unfolds with grace and truth...refreshing and piercingly honest." - Kelly Simmons, author of Standing Still and The Bird House
"The Art of Falling is a story of friendship and personal growth, and a helluva good read." - Elizabeth Zimmer, dance critic, Metro New York
"Craft presents her mesmerizing characters with depth, understanding, and ethos." - Lana Kay Rosenberg, artistic director, Miami University Dance Theatre
"Strikes universal chords in all of us who yearn, who love, who fail and fall, and struggle to find our way back home." - Elizabeth Benedict, author of Almost, Slow Dancing, and The Practice of Deceit
"Beautifully written and strongly emotional, The Art of Falling will move readers deeply. Kathryn Craft has penned a winner!" - Jane Porter, National Bestselling Author
"In her engrossing debut, The Art of Falling, Kathryn Craft takes her long-damaged heroine on a quest for healing and truth-true self, true family, and true friendship. Craft's sharp and refreshing narrative will leave you pining for more." - Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home
"Craft's debut novel lovingly traces the aesthetics of movement and gently explores the shattering pain of despair.
A sensitive study of a woman choreographing her own recovery.
" - Kirkus
"In The Art of Falling, Craft weaves an eloquent story about an unhinged dancer, body image, true friendship, and finding the lost moments, which make us whole." - Priscille Sibley, author of The Promise of Stardust
"Craft, a former dancer and choreographer, captures the entanglement of pain and despair and beauty and hope that often knits our lives and, through the character of Penny, illustrates how self-acceptance is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself." - Booklist
"One need not be graceful or understand dance to be drawn into Penny's life and to experience the beauty of her self-expression. Craft's fluid style shines in this story of denial, friendship, and redemption." - Bloggers Recommend
"Book clubs, take note: it's not every day you find a story as moving, thoughtful and discussion-provoking as Kathryn Craft's The Art of Falling." - Shelf Awareness
"An amazing story about the resiliency of the human spirit ... a must read." - Southern Fried Fiction
"A good yarn with an uplifting ending" - Philadelphia Dance
The art of falling isn't hard to master, Penelope Sparrow discovers, when she wakes up in the hospital after a 14-story plunge that ended with her body colliding with Marty Kandelbaum's car. Remembering the fall is too dangerous. Remembering means facing the loss of Dmitri, the loss of dancing. Remembering means facing that she may have tried to commit suicide. Kandelbaum's arrival is the first obstacle in Penny's path toward self-wallowing. Determined to protect her from further harm, Kandelbaum brings fasnachts from his bakery, hoping food may begin the process of healing. A lifetime of being criticized for not having the stereotypical dancer's body, however, has left Penny vigilant about every morsel that passes her lips. She doesn't have an eating disorder, she tells herself; she simply must be careful. Her roommate at the hospital, Angela, has no such qualms. Battling cystic fibrosis, Angela embraces every pleasure life allows her. Dance critic Margaret MacArthur arrives soon after Marty. Unbeknownst to Penny, MacArthur has followed her career, and now she is certainly interested in the accident, but she is clearly also interested in something more. No matter how hard Penny tries not to recall or discuss why she fell, everything reminds her of Dmitri--their love, their partnership at Dance DeLaval, her joy in dancing his choreography--yet at the edges of her memory she sees the shadows of his rejection. While her mother and friends try to buffer Penny's recovery, it is MacArthur's blunt persistence that forces her to confront the damage exacted on her body and soul well before the fall. To see the truth, Penny will have to recognize the lies and rough condemnation of the dance world. Craft's debut novel lovingly traces the aesthetics of movement and gently explores the shattering pain of despair. A sensitive study of a woman choreographing her own recovery.