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Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir / Edition 1

Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir / Edition 1

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by Danielle Trussoni

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ISBN-10: 0312426569

ISBN-13: 2900312426568

Pub. Date: 02/20/2007

Publisher: Picador

One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year

A daughter's unforgettable memoir of her wild and haunted father, a man whose war never really ended.

From her charismatic father, Danielle Trussoni learned how to rock and roll, outrun the police, and never shy away from a fight. Spending hour upon hour trailing him around the bars


One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year

A daughter's unforgettable memoir of her wild and haunted father, a man whose war never really ended.

From her charismatic father, Danielle Trussoni learned how to rock and roll, outrun the police, and never shy away from a fight. Spending hour upon hour trailing him around the bars and honky-tonks of La Crosse, Wisconsin, young Danielle grew up fascinated by stories of her dad's adventures as a tunnel rat in Vietnam, where he'd risked his life crawling head first into narrow passageways to search for American POWs.

A vivid and poignant portrait of a daughter's relationship with her father, this funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully written memoir, Falling Through the Earth, "makes plain that the horror of war doesn't end in the trenches" (Vanity Fair).

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Falling Through the Earth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Story is chopped up, too many unanswered questions
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is at times painful to read but it is awesome. I feel a real connection to Danielle and the mother. I read a lot of books since I retired and this is by far the most heart felt in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A page turner that makes you wonder how any human being can survive the psychological conflicts that war places on a soldier. It screams the need for good psychotherapy for all our veterans so they can recapture some quality of life.Having known the main character 22 years ago it certainly answers the questions I had about him. I have nothing but gratitude. He was the first person in my life that made me feel safe and empowered me to go on. Which is quite ironic when you read his story. We all cause damage and we all do good in our lives but we dont always know it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a decorated Vietnam-era navy vet (who never was in country) I've heard and read many stories of the soldiers and sailors who fought in America's longest war, so when I picked-up Falling, I expected little more than more of the same. Wrong. Ms. Trussoni stepped up to the plate, with the bases loaded with previous Vietnam-related books, and hit her pitch out of the park, literally bringing all those books home with her close-to-the-chest, deep-in-the-heart story of her home, where (and how) her Vietnam-vet father wrecked both love and havoc after returning. Sure, she went to the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and so you've got to expect a certain amount of talent, but a whole bunch of folk went to Iowa who haven't come into the major leagues like Trussoni has. I doubt you'll have a dry eye when you hear her father say Danielle-my-belle at the end. Right now, I imagine that her largest problem is following up. Give her a break, folks wait a while. Writing this must have been exhausting. She'll write her next book when she wants to write her next book. For now, enjoy Falling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book describes the trauma children go through when adults mess up. While Dan Trussoni's problems are not all his own making he does not accept responsibility for finding solutions. His children bear the brunt of his war wounds, broken marriages, scurrilious affairs, and alcoholism. The book is a page turner and make me curious as to how his daughter (the author) was able to turn her life around. How a juvenile delinquent, so-so student, and neglected child went to college and honed her gift should be the subject of Danielle Trussoni's next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Falling Through The Earth is a powerful memoir that brings to light the horrors of war and the demons that trail all soldiers even after the final shot is fired. Like Frank Nappi's chilling novel Echoes From The Infantry, the book takes the reader through various episodes of a daughter's miserable existence with a father who is mired grief and post traumatic stress. Although Trussoni lacks Nappi's artistry and command of the language, the book is certainly heartfelt and is worth reading. Both of these books are wonderful examples of what is sure to be the next genre in literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Please do not compare this book to ANY of Tim O'Brien's books about Vietnam. First of all, O'Brien has a style of writing that urges the reader to think more deeply about the impact of war and violence on the psyche of the soldier in combat. Further, he writes in a way that invites the reader to experience vicariously the grunt's physical struggle. Read the story 'The Things They Carried' or 'How to Tell a True War Story,' both from the book The Things They Carried. Falling Through the Earth is an autobiography whose writer has not yet developed a sense of style I was not connected to this story or its characters the way I have been to O'Brien's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Falling Through the Earth is one of those books I would love to see made into a movie. Written along the lines of Before Women Had Wings, the book is a memoir of a young girl¿s experience with her father, a Vietnam Veteran, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). It graphically portrays how PTSD can affect an entire family. The affect can be so traumatic to children that they sometimes also end up with symptoms of PTSD. The affects on the author are evident when she learns to hide her pain because of being disbelieved in the past by her father, when she complained of being ill. By eleven years of age she is delving into acts of self-harm. As an adult, in an attempt to understand her father, the author visits Vietnam. The book vacillates between her experience there and her childhood memories with her father. The author describes Vietnam/PTSD in a heart-rending paragraph (page 170) where she describes it as invading every part of her family¿s life, likening it to a physical presence, a ¿monster¿. The book has an important message, especially with so many veterans returning home from Iraq. I feel it would make a valuable gift for a veteran, or his/her family, who is suffering from PTSD but perhaps is unaware of it and how it, consequently, may be affecting other loved ones. The book is also a touching account of forgiveness, understanding and courage by a young girl who finds a way to have a good life in spite of her troubled beginnings in a dysfunctional home. I feel it offers hope to all of us who suffer from PTSD because of childhood trauma in a dysfunctional home. It is a valuable book in that it deals with combat-related PTSD and PTSD from family dysfunction. Patti Brown, member Gift From Within April 9, 2007