Things are Going to Slide

Things are Going to Slide

by Rangeley Wallace

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BN ID: 2940044961036
Publisher: Bev Editions
Publication date: 09/10/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 502 KB

About the Author

Rangeley Wallace moved from the South toWashington, D.C. where she is an author and a lawyer. She is the author of No Defense (St. Martin’s Press).

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Things are Going to Slide 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
criticalreader1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It succeeds in balancing an engaging plot inhabited by relatable characters with a unique perspective --one of educating its readers in the teaching and practice of clinical law. Although many fiction writers attempt this trifecta, few achieve it without sacrificing drama and/or accuracy. This author not only entertains thoroughly without 'cheating' reality and with near perfect pace. But that's not why I loved it...I loved it because it's a great story populated with characters of indelible presence. The heroine manges to have heart, soul and integrity without being irritating! Not only will you remember her long aftrer you finsh reading the book, you'll want to revisit Alabama Southern University, its faculty and its environs to see what everone is up to...let's hope Ms Wallace allows us to do just that.
OnaPorchswing More than 1 year ago
If one were to read only the short synopsis, Things Are Going To Slide, might sound like just another contemporary piece of women's fiction. But a reader needn't scratch the surface much in order to discover it is more than that. This smartly written story by Rangeley Wallace, defies the genre descriptions typically used to tout commercial fiction. Though both a legal drama and contemporary romance, the author, an attorney herself, offers this work as an occasion to educate, as much as to entertain. The plot: Marilee Carson Cooper, law professor who also runs the school legal clinic, is two weeks away from delivering her second child. Her husband recently left her for another man and she's just about to lose her long-desired and much-deserved job promotion, to none other, than her high school boyfriend, back in the small southern town where they grew up; this is just the beginning of things that begin to slide in Marilee's life. The reader simultaneously absorbs salient clinical law facts (Wallace, the author, practiced clinical law herself), along with cutthroat realities of law school academic office-politics, not to mention heartbreaking details of family law. The story's light-hearted underbelly mixed with southern-family sensibilities make this novel a fast and enjoyable read.
BSettle More than 1 year ago
This book really hits the spot. From the moment I started reading, until the moment I finished, I was completely engaged in this novel. This book gave me what I want most from a book - it grabbed me and took me away; I was interested until the very last word, and I want more. There is a lot of topical stuff in the book - the dramas in Marilee's life, and in the life of the law clinic, and in the lives of the clients. The descriptions of the southern town and the law clinic paint a clear and colorful picture that stuck with me. I especially love how the main character handles all the difficulties that come her way. She makes a very appealing hero. Things are Going to Slide works on many levels -- I would like to read the sequel - and I think it would make a great movie. You should read it!
WalterPetersLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
Of all the law fiction I have read (which is somehow upwards of 100, believe it or not!) this is hands down my favorite in a long long time. In Things Are going to Slide, no prior knowledge of law is remotely necessary to comprehend and appreciate the delicious twists and turns in this novel. The characters, especially Marilee the protagonist, is as real as any character I've ever met in Southern fiction. Think of it as as well written as To Kill a Mockingbird, with the readable juiciness of The Help, with the beautiful classic southern aspects of both. Weeks after reading it, Marilee the protagonist still is with me- often out of nowhere I will realize I am thinking about her just as I would a friend or relative and have to remember that she is not in fact a real live human. Without spoiling too much, the plot grabs you immediately, from the opening scene, and develops and develops into a (for lack of a better word) terrific and exciting conclusion, leaving me with a big sigh of relief. I can honestly vouch for many of my fellow law professors (who i passed this book onto ASAP!) that they found Things are Going to Slide and Wallace's gripping style of prose to be just as fantastic as I.
JimD1 More than 1 year ago
A compelling story with interesting, believable and engaging characters -- particularly the main character, Marilee. The law school clinic setting with an ever changing mix of interesting cases to engage the students and faculty make this easy to envision as a continuing series or perhaps as a cable tv series. This book was easy to read and hard to put down. I highly recommend it.
SPRcom More than 1 year ago
Why is it, when one thing goes wrong in life, it snowballs and everything starts to fall apart all at once? Rangeley Wallace's novel, Things are Going to Slide, doesn't answer this question, but she provides an entertaining story about a woman who had everything until it all fell apart. The setting of this novel takes place in a small town in the south. One of the most amusing aspects of this novel about a woman's life who is unraveling is that she can never escape. Wherever Marilee goes, she's running into people she knows. How can she pull herself together when she's constantly reminded of her failures? Wallace's writing is simple and effective. Her descriptions of small town life painted a vivid image in my mind. This novel isn't just about Marilee, it's about the south. Through her skillful description and dialogue, the town and all of its inhabitants come alive. While the novel is short, the plot is not simple. Her writing comes to the point quickly and successfully. It was easy for me to relate with Marilee, even though I'm not a lawyer, mother, or from the south. Wallace's story pulled me into Marilee's turmoil and propelled me to continue reading. Yet I wanted more. Her ease of storytelling made me want to hear more about Marilee and her disintegrating life. I appreciate Wallace's straightforward style of writing. Too many writers, in my opinion, try to impress instead of writing from the heart. She writes from the heart and I wanted to hear more from her. Since so much is going on in the story, it's hard for me to believe that there's not more to tell. This sounds like a criticism, and I won't deny the fact. But that fact that I'm pointing out that I enjoyed her writing and didn't want the story to end testifies to her skill. I feel that she could have delved deeper into the story and her characters and have produced an amazing novel. As the novel stands, I give Wallace 4 out of 5 stars. She has a fresh voice and I'm betting she hasn't shown us half of what she can accomplish.