Breaking Her Fall

Breaking Her Fall

by Stephen Goodwin
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Breaking Her Fall by Stephen Goodwin


"Breaking Her Fall is a corker-- vivid, brilliantly marbled with harmonies and textures and people vibrant with life." -- Richard Bausch

Just before eleven on an ordinary summer night in Washington, D.C., Tucker Jones picks up the phone, expecting to hear that his teenage daughter, Kat, is back from the movies. But the caller is another parent, a man who tells Tucker that Kat was actually at a party-- and makes a shocking allegation about what happened to her there. From that moment Breaking Her Fall sweeps irresistibly forward to it s wrenching, and redemptive, conclusion.

In a blind rage, Tucker races to the party to find Kat already departed, but his full-boil interrogation of the boys still present spills over into a confrontation-- and ends with one of the boys crashing into a glass tabletop. In a second, his rage turns to remorse, and he soon finds himself under arrest. Tucker could easily lose his home and his business, but he is most concerned about losing his daughter.

Stephen Goodwin writes with insight and rare power about the way that passion rearranges lives. As Tucker and Kat and everyone around them seek to repair the damages of that night, Breaking Her Fall charts their uncommonly difficult passage from despair to reconciliation and hope with extraordinary grace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156029698
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/03/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author


Stephen Goodwin is a professor of creative writing at George Mason University and the author of two novels and a nonfiction book. For two years, Goodwin directed the literature program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and he served as president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

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Breaking Her Fall 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Christina123 More than 1 year ago
I do not recommend anyone to read Breaking her fall because although it has a good story line it lacks in keeping the interest alive and seems to lag on for too long, in my opinion it takes forever just to get to the point. Stephen Goodwin seemed to have a 5 page stall just to finish the so called suspenseful part. I People should not read "breaking her fall" because although it has a good story line it lacks in keeping the interest alive and seems to lag on for too long, in my opinion it takes forever just to get to the point. Stephen Goodwin seemed to have a 5 page stall just to finish the so called suspenseful part. I enjoy having suspense in a novel but when it gets to the point where I'm bored and don't even care about getting to the good part I think it's a little over board. The Way Us Teenagers Really Make Our Parents Feel having suspense in a novel but when it gets to the point where I'm bored and don't even care about getting to the good part, I think it's a little over board.” The Way Us Teenagers Really Make Our Parents Feel" claimed that "the plot was a very good one, but the author gets a little too descriptive in parts that really have nothing to do with the overall plot." although she enjoyed the book and didn't think that the over descriptiveness had much of an effect, this ruined the story for me. For example when the author wastes two whole pages describing his Daughter’s hobbies and what she's like down to every last detail. Also through out the whole book the plot seemed to get too busy and when the author was merging parts together it seemed as though they were just getting tangled up in each other. Beyond each and every flaw of Breaking her fall my favorite character was Kat. This was because in the mix of everything happening around her she seemed to be the only real and genuine character in the story. Being forced to get through the whole ordeal with the night she was too drunk to remember anything she persevered but never forgot who she was and what was important. Unlike just about every other character who seemed to be doing disgusting and irresponsible things in such a serious situation Kat was just trying too get her normal life back. While this was happening Tucker( kats father) was busy having an affair with her best friends mother. My favorite quote in Breaking her fall is " it is what it is" because Stephen Goodwin refers back to this as one of the kids and his rules very often however I find it so ironic because with each ridiculous situation his family is going through that quote can be said for each, I feel like that's how Stephen lives his life too. I think this because he continues to make stupid and irresponsible mistakes knowing that he has kids to worry about but acts like he's a child himself. Therefore having it easy for him to relate to his infamous favorite rule "it is what it is". That is what I thought of the book Breaking her fall by Stephen Goodwin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and couldn't put it down...this was a good book that I could relate to.
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Breaking Her Fall was a book that I found very hard to put down, but that is not always a good thing. The plot was a very good one, but the author gets a little bit too descriptive in parts that really have nothing to do with the overall plot. I understand that he has to explain the background of the characters and certain situations, but he could have done it in a lot less words. I wanted to get on the story and see what happened with Kat (the main character) and her family, but I would find myself reading about what her favorite toy was when she was five, not exactly what I wanted to know. Kat is a teenage girl who is very close with her father, and never gets into trouble. She is more interested in being outdoors and being a camp leader than boys and parties, which is why her father is very surprised when he gets a call in the middle of the night saying that his daughter is just absolutely wasted. He is also told that she was seen going into a pool house with a group of boys, which scares the dad more than anything. In a nervous panic, he gets the address of the party and heads to it to pick up his daughter and take her home to safety and when he gets there, he ends up fighting with the teenage owner of the house, and the rest of the book is about Kat dealing with what she has done, and her father dealing with the law. (Don't worry, I didn't give anything away, this all happens in the very beginning of the book). The author does a very good job of getting you in touch with and painting a picture of each character, which makes the book better to read because you have a good picture in your head of the people and the town they live in. The author of the book is Kat's father, Stephen, so the fact that it is a true story makes the book hard to read. Being a teenage girl myself, it shows me how much your parents really care about you and worry about you and how what you do affects them too. The book is filled with great voice; it seems more like you are talking to this desperate father than reading a book. There are pros and cons to parents reading the book: The pros, you can see that your daughter isn't always going to be your little girl, we are going to grow up and try new things and do dumb things and get in trouble; it is really just part of life. The cons: That is not an easy concept to grasp and be okay with. I for one would not want my dad to read this book, because more than anything it would just make him sad, and worry about me even more. So, if you think you can handle a little too much information about young girls, then I recommend this book. I thought it was overall very well written and a very good story line.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! One of my favorites. Being the mother of a 14 year old girl I could really relate to the subject matter. I have passed this one onto several friends who absolutely LOVED it. One of the best books I've read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I also enjoyed his insight into the world of the teenagers. However, I am unable to share this book with most of my friends due to the print being so small. Hopefully, this book will be printed in large print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author helps you to connect to each of his characters on some level. A well-written and insightful story, recommended for all fathers to read, particulary those with emerging adolescents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the way you feel about something sometime in your life. I know that anybody who reads it can relate this book someway or another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good story, although there were moments when it seemed to drag on a little longer than necessary. The ending was good even though it seemed a bit unrealistic. Characters were developed well - the author didn't miss a detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very scary look at what can happen when the desire to protect one's child seemingly gets out of control. But, ultimately, Goodwin relates a process of growth between family members and friends that leads to a mostly satisfactory conclusion. Sad, funny, and in the end, very rewarding. My only criticism would be that the story got a little tangled up on itself in places but, nonetheless, I literally couldn't put it down. Will be on my 'year's 10 best' list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down.