The Art of Falling

The Art of Falling

by Kathryn Craft
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The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft

"A sensitive study of a woman choreographing her own recovery."—Kirkus

One Wrong Step Could Send Her Over the Edge

All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance—and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

Kathryn Craft's lyrical debut novel is a masterful portrayal of a young woman trying to come to terms with her body and the artistic world that has repeatedly rejected her. The Art of Falling expresses the beauty of movement, the stasis of despair, and the unlimited possibilities that come with a new beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402285196
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 821,475
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Craft has been a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene for more than a decade and is the author of The Art of Falling. She lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with her husband.

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Art of Falling 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
andreea-deea More than 1 year ago
This is the first time of book about dancing that I’ve read. And have to say that I love it. I don’t know anything about ballet, but this book told me everything. And the first I didn’t get what the book it was about, but after 50 pages a couldn’t stop. It was awesome. The story about Penny and her life makes you thing about your life. It is perfect? You have everything that you wanted? Are you happy? And most of it: are you have with your self and your body? Penny search for her dreams, and hopes even that she wasn’t right for this business: a dancer. Why? Because she was to big. Not fat. BIG! She always want to fit in this industry, to by what she love, to be her self: a dancer. This book also shows me that cruelty it still exist. Maybe Dmitri didn’t know about Penny’s problem, but you don’t do that if you love that person. He used her, make her depend on him. When everything that you wanted to, that you die to have, it is taken away from you…what do you do? Let go. And Penny did that to. This is about a person who finds love, finds how to love herself, to have friends and to be her own muse. It is a story about struggle, about fight, about the love of your dream. It tells you when to let go, and when to lift up. The action it goes so smooth, the world inside her fill you with so much emotions. And when I say that you gonna love this book, that’s the truth. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something inside all of us yearns to dance. But I had no idea of the challenges that face a professional dancer until I read Kathryn Craft's debut novel, The Art of Falling. Kathryn takes us inside the world of a professional dancer, Penelope Sparrow, who wakes up in a hospital after a 14-story fall. Penny is not sure if she fell or jumped. On her journey of recovery, Penny gets a little help from the baker who saw her land, Marty Kandelbaum, and a 29-year-old cystic fibrosis patient, Angela Reed. I loved the scenes of Philly, the smells of the delicacies that Marty bakes, the poignant insights into Penny’s struggle with eating and body image, and of course the emotional turmoil over the sexy Russian dancer, Dmitri DeLaval. This is a great read, and beautifully written.
agoodlife More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters and subject matter. Good discussion for our book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago