All Fall Down

All Fall Down Mary Caponegro is one of the most imaginative daring serious and playful writers alive All Fall Down is her best book yet Jonathan Safran Foer Mary Caponegro s headlong tales chronicle our generatio

  • Title: All Fall Down
  • Author: Mary Caponegro
  • ISBN: 9781566892261
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mary Caponegro is one of the most imaginative, daring, serious and playful writers alive All Fall Down is her best book yet Jonathan Safran Foer Mary Caponegro s headlong tales chronicle our generation s internal trajectories she s robust, crude, drop dead funny, tender, and heartbreaking as she navigates the tragicomedy of our middle age She goes straight to the bott Mary Caponegro is one of the most imaginative, daring, serious and playful writers alive All Fall Down is her best book yet Jonathan Safran Foer Mary Caponegro s headlong tales chronicle our generation s internal trajectories she s robust, crude, drop dead funny, tender, and heartbreaking as she navigates the tragicomedy of our middle age She goes straight to the bottom of sex, love, romance, and all their travesties The way David Foster Wallace used and claimed and forever changed footnotes, Caponegro has branded parentheses She charts the oldly wed game of the long married using not a laugh but a cry track Playful, but never shirking, Caponegro s stories are a deep balm Mona SimpsonIn two novellas and four shorter tales of love and healing gone awry, we meet caregivers and lovers, muses and skydivers, mothers and minors all headed toward ninety mile an hour psychic crashes euphemistically referred to as epiphanies As William Gass says, The music of Mary Caponegro s stories is to the mouth what wine is And through exuberant lyricism, remarkable characterization, and settings as elaborately detailed as any in Hollywood, these dramas of failure, resilience, and transformation linger long after the wine is gone.The author of The Star Caf , Five Doubts, and The Complexities of Intimacy, Mary Caponegro lives in the Hudson Valley and teaches at Bard College.

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    1. The title of this collection, All Fall Down is taken from the longer title of the second story in the book, Ashes, Ashes, All Fall Down, a story which is a perfectly paced account of the cycle of life from birth to death and back again. We rise up for a while but eventually we all fall down, there’s no escape and this story tells it beautifully and from an interesting perspective: a son caring for his dying mother while his wife gives birth to their son.As I read through the book, I found that [...]

    2. Disappointed in this ; too much in the direction of the conventional, even more so than The Star Cafe. But it should be noted that the final piece here, the novella “The Translator”, originates from the same Italian sojourn as her fantastic Five Doubts. So you see her range. Mostly stuff about relationships here, of the marital or fore=marital type. I don’t know that the subject matter demanded the more conventional tone/structure/style. But that might be because I think there’s some par [...]

    3. Best of the bunch: the last story, "The Translator," followed closely by the story immediately preceding it, "Junior Achievement," perversely back-loading this collection.

    4. these stories are very well written and captivating, but also the characters are very irritating. I did feel like I knew more when I was finished the book.

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