The Art of Falling



❰Download❯ ➶ The Art of Falling Author Kathryn Craft – E17streets4all.co.uk One wrong step could send her over the edgeAll 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 Whe One wrong step could send her over the edgeAll 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 The Art PDF or years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered lifeKathryn 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.The Art of Falling

My second published novel, The Far End of Happy, is the culmination of a year calling to write about my first husband s suicide and the impact it had on our family and community, an event that seared itself so indelibly into our lives that I constrained the story to its hours I so appreciate its warm reception Despite this trial The Art PDF or I live a joy filled life It has been my privilege to raise two fine sons in the wake of their father s suicide, which taught us to grab the gusto and feed our spirits It beings me endless pleasure to help other people improve their writing game, and I love any event that brings writers together, which explains why I spend so much time supporting writing groups like the Women s Fiction Writer s Association, the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, the Philadelphia Writers Conference, and Pennwriters, as well as leading workshops and hosting writing retreats for women I m also a developmental editor at Writing Partner I ve had the pleasure of pursuing many of my passions in life, including reading, lake sports, horses foxhunting and beginning dressage , dance as dancer, choreographer, teacher, and dance critic , and now writing, which brings it all together.

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  • Paperback
  • 361 pages
  • The Art of Falling
  • Kathryn Craft
  • English
  • 06 February 2017
  • 1402285191

10 thoughts on “The Art of Falling

  1. says:

    The Art of Falling is a spectacular debut novel that is utterly captivating from beginning to end This in depth look into the world of dance is quite fascinating and Kathryn Craft does not gloss over the physical and mental toll the sport can sometimes take on dancers Poignant and powerful, this emotional story of friendship, healing and new beginnings is thought provoking and compelling.Her whole life has been dedicated to dance, but broken in both body and spirit, Penelope Penny Sparrow is The Art of Falling is a spectacular debut novel that is utterly captivating from beginning to end This in depth look into the world of dance is quite fascinating and Kathryn Craft does not gloss over the physical and mental toll the sport can sometimes take on dancers Poignant and powerful, this emotional story of friendship, healing and new beginnings is thought provoking and compelling.Her whole life has been dedicated to dance, but broken in both body and spirit, Penelope Penny Sparrow is trying to make sense of her life after surviving a horrific fall With no place else to go, she finds herself back in her mother s house where she is forced to come to terms with her lifelong struggle with body image But it is through the two people she meets at the lowest point in her life that Penny learns life s most valuable lessons Angela Reed offers Penny something that has long been absent from her life friendship, unconditional love and acceptance Marty Kandelbaum literally saved Penny s life and his gentle wisdom and his willingness to take a chance on love after tragedy provides her a new perspective on both her past and her future Penny is in a very dark place at the beginning of The Art of Falling Her body is not typical for a dancer and she has fought to find her niche in the dancing world When her dream job and romance end, Penny is overwhelmed with doubts about herself her talent, her body and her accomplishments In the aftermath of her fall, Penny battles depression as she faces her fear that she might never dance again but with the encouragement of Angela and Kandelbaum, Penny comes to a new understanding of herself and the people in her life.Angela and Kandelbaum are an excellent cast of secondary characters and I absolutely adored them Angela is upbeat and positive despite her health issues and their friendship is a wonderful chance for Penny to focus on someone but herself Kandelbaum is a sweet, spiritual man with a very calming presence and although he has suffered a great loss, he is a ray of sunshine Their friendship reminds Penny of how much she let slip away when she became so focused on her career and the man who ultimately betrayed her.One of the most difficult story arcs is Penny s relationship with her mother Evelyn Penny s disdain of her mother s weight overshadows all of the good that Evelyn has done for Penny Penny is concerned about the health risks obesity poses for Evelyn, but it also propels Penny to count calories and meticulously maintain a strict diet Evelyn is not the typical stage mother, pushing her daughter to succeed Instead she gives Penny the opportunity to pursue her dream even when that means stepping out of Penny s life Although Penny does not always see it, Evelyn is her biggest supporter and she goes to great lengths to protect Penny It is intensely gratifying to see them repair their fractured relationship and come to a better understanding of each other.Kathryn Craft s The Art of Falling is a beautiful mix of heartache and hope as Penny finds her way back from the brink of despair The mystery surrounding her fall is intriguing and uncovering the truth takes the reader and Penny on a phenomenal journey of growth and self discovery An impressive first novel that I heartily recommend

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    I read a lot of books I always have one going Usually I go from one to the next, like another handful of potato chips and promptly forget what I ve just read It s mind candy, pure entertainment, escape fiction But once in awhile I come across a book that stays with me while I m reading it and long after I ve finished It s a story that grabs my heart and soul and I can t get enough I can t put it down, but I don t want it to end, and it stays in my periphery long afterward.The Art of Fall I read a lot of books I always have one going Usually I go from one to the next, like another handful of potato chips and promptly forget what I ve just read It s mind candy, pure entertainment, escape fiction But once in awhile I come across a book that stays with me while I m reading it and long after I ve finished It s a story that grabs my heart and soul and I can t get enough I can t put it down, but I don t want it to end, and it stays in my periphery long afterward.The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft is such a novel I was honored to read an Advance Reader Copy.I was swept up in the lyrical prose, twirled into the mounting drama, swooped high and low with the poignant, raw emotion of anguish, rejection, then hope and resilience.Craft s debut novel tells the story of a dancer s life, her struggle with body image, her sacrifice and self denial, her striving to live up to expectations from her mother, her dance teachers, her dance partners.The title itself is symbolism a physical fall, learning to love and to accept, death that brings life, movement that brings joy.This novel is to be published January 2014

  3. says:

    Although the mystery of whether or not Penelope Sparrow meant to jump off her balcony lies at the core of this story, and was initially the driving force that kept me turning pages, The Art of Falling is really the story of a despondent woman learning to appreciate her life again as she heals from near death injury and has to accept the ghosts of her past This book reminds me of summer camp in how it progresses from cloudy to an optimism that only skeptics could try to deny, and in the way Pen Although the mystery of whether or not Penelope Sparrow meant to jump off her balcony lies at the core of this story, and was initially the driving force that kept me turning pages, The Art of Falling is really the story of a despondent woman learning to appreciate her life again as she heals from near death injury and has to accept the ghosts of her past This book reminds me of summer camp in how it progresses from cloudy to an optimism that only skeptics could try to deny, and in the way Penelope develops quick friendships from her sad circumstance that help to break her cynicism Craft s depiction of how women relate to each other with body image feels true though I have to say that the way that Penny treats her mother is so not okay and I wish her deeply entrenched disgust had acomplex resolution than just the apology scene But The Art of Falling is surprisingly humorous, and above all, hopeful It s nice to read something like this in the pool of bleakness and snarkiness contemporary lit seems to wade in sometimes Kathryn Craft has a big heart for her characters In a book about expression, you could not ask for

  4. says:

    I had the honor of getting to read an Advance Reader Copy of this wonderful book Set in the world of dance the author tells a story of a woman who falls to the edge and finds her way back The novel explores so many rich themes, from body image and eating disorders,love and loss, to unlikely friendships and redemption The writing is beautiful, descriptions bringing the scenes and characters to life Can t wait until publication in January so I can get my own copy and read this again Have alre I had the honor of getting to read an Advance Reader Copy of this wonderful book Set in the world of dance the author tells a story of a woman who falls to the edge and finds her way back The novel explores so many rich themes, from body image and eating disorders,love and loss, to unlikely friendships and redemption The writing is beautiful, descriptions bringing the scenes and characters to life Can t wait until publication in January so I can get my own copy and read this again Have already scheduled this book for a book club read in the spring, along with a talk with this gifted author, Kathryn Craft

  5. says:

    If there is any art in you at all, ANY and there is art in us all, yes , go get yourself a copy of THE ART OF FALLING by Kathryn Craft, Author and read every delicious word of it I have been moved to tears, and reminded of why we work so hard at expression, and love, and all the things that make us alive What a joy this book is.

  6. says:

    In Kathryn Craft s beautifully sad and hopeful debut, THE ART OF FALLING, she shows us that our relationship with movement is everything It s in the way we breathe, comfort a loved one, and express ourselves it s life itself Penny s life has always been about dance When she lets go of that movement, her life is literally in the air and she nearly dies from a 14 story fall She doesn t remember why she fell nor does she understand that movement may be the only thing that can save her if she le In Kathryn Craft s beautifully sad and hopeful debut, THE ART OF FALLING, she shows us that our relationship with movement is everything It s in the way we breathe, comfort a loved one, and express ourselves it s life itself Penny s life has always been about dance When she lets go of that movement, her life is literally in the air and she nearly dies from a 14 story fall She doesn t remember why she fell nor does she understand that movement may be the only thing that can save her if she lets it As a dancer, she always hated herbody and wished for small hips, lean legsall the things to make for the perfect lines and the perfect dancer But in seeking perfection she has lost herself along the way.As Penny s broken body heals she is propelled by an overweight mother she could never full accept and new friends, Angela and Kandelbaum, to find herself again Penny comes to see that perhaps it sthan size that matters in dance And perhaps being strong in body does not mean being strong in spirit, as her sickly friend, Angela, teaches her through her brave struggle to live.Kandelbaum wisely says If we all looked alike we d all think alike and without different perspectives the arts wouldn t be needed And if there were words to express it all we wouldn t need movement But Penny believes without movement I didn t know who I was Is she strong enough in spirit to fight to find out who she is The only thing Penny can control is the food she eats but this is a basic existence It s her only way to self love We come to see that she must find another way to love herself, and she must fill up on something to truly sustain her spirit or she will remain forever empty But can she deal with the empty inside until she can fill herself up again What can she do with all that space She had turned her back on her own space inside for so long Penny s mind begins to heal alongside her body, and she slowly begins to see her mother, herself, and the people around her in a different light Her mother appeals to her to fight like a shark As she says sharks have to keep moving to stay alive But Penny still fears she can never find her movement again.When she embraces dance again and choreographs a tribute dance, she begins to see all the body types that make up her dance company And she sees the stories in all of them that make up life They come together in their uniqueness to create beauty And in their differences they all offer something Each body has its own beauty, and purpose And Penny must learn to trust her body to be strong not only in body but spirit If her body wasn t the gift she needed she wouldn t have survived the fall.Can Penny discover a dancer must work with her body in dance and in life not against it She had given all of herself away in working against her body In discovering what really happened on that ledge the day she fell, can she also discover that her life isjust her body And can she embrace her own body as its own unique beauty and movement If so, then she can move others and sustain herself But can she do it Kathryn Craft so eloquently poses questions that touch us universally about body image, belonging, unconditional love, loss, and acceptance Her debut novel will stay with you long after you ve closed it, leaving you to wonder about how to fill your own space inside that is empty

  7. says:

    A heavy handed Lifetime movie of a book I am still confused about how her fall was supposed to be a mystery Her name is Sparrow eye roll , she fell from the sky She is anorexic and her mother runs a candy factory double eye roll , she must know someone else s death to experience life eyes broken from rolling , said dying friend s mother is a doctor working as fast as she can to discover a cure oh my gosh, please stop I am shocked she couldn t find independence when living in the Inde A heavy handed Lifetime movie of a book I am still confused about how her fall was supposed to be a mystery Her name is Sparrow eye roll , she fell from the sky She is anorexic and her mother runs a candy factory double eye roll , she must know someone else s death to experience life eyes broken from rolling , said dying friend s mother is a doctor working as fast as she can to discover a cure oh my gosh, please stop I am shocked she couldn t find independence when living in the Independence Suites That was probably my favorite part How many references to Independence Suites could be jammed in there Good lord I don t even want to think about the Real People dance group.Beyond being trite, Penelope Sparrow was just generally unlikable, and I don t think that was the intention Her cruelty to her mother was absurd, yet passively stated Was the solution to that relationship really that her mother just needed to lose weight view spoiler And her father cheated because her mother was fat WTF hide spoiler For a book meant to maybe raise awareness about anorexia, that s a crazy message I could go on and on with issues I had with this book, but I need to just move on with my life Maybe a dancer could better relate I read this for a book club or else I would have not bothered finishing Every detail you would guess, from beginning to end, is excatly what happens

  8. says:

    I ve been trying to decide between 4 and 5 stars for this book I liked it a lot and thought it was beautifully written and a wonderful story but thought the ending was a little too happy ending for me.The book starts out with a young woman named Penny in a hospital in terrible pain and she has no recollection how she got there it turns out that she survived a 14 story fall from her apartment s balcony Did she jump or did she fall Penny s story unfolds throughout the book as well as the d I ve been trying to decide between 4 and 5 stars for this book I liked it a lot and thought it was beautifully written and a wonderful story but thought the ending was a little too happy ending for me.The book starts out with a young woman named Penny in a hospital in terrible pain and she has no recollection how she got there it turns out that she survived a 14 story fall from her apartment s balcony Did she jump or did she fall Penny s story unfolds throughout the book as well as the development of new relationships that come about as a result of her accident.Worth reading, a work of exceptional writing and detail that was written with so much love for the characters and the world of dance

  9. says:

    This book is a beautifully written story of a dancer struggling to be true to herself and her imperfect body in a world that seeks perfection Penny Sparrow s story is a haunting tale of facing our demons, accepting ourselves as we are, and making peace with the critics surrounding each of us I applaud Ms Craft for her exquisite storytelling and light hand on some heavy topics.

  10. says:

    What a beautiful book I raced through this in a day, both because I wanted to find out what happened but also because the pages just compelled me along Highly recommend.

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