Amy Falls Down

Amy Falls Down

A Novel

Book - 2013
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The endearingly bitter writer, Amy Gallup has happily isolated herself from the world spending the last two decades teaching and reviewing. She has done a lot of thinking, but very little writing. On an unassuming morning, in her slippers, Amy trips in her backyard, goes head-over-heels, and into the side of a birdbath. The hospital clears her of head injury, so Amy returns home. When a local reporter shows up for a scheduled interview, Amy is not quite herself. The article paints Amy as a the zen-goddess of writing, publishing, and life. Her bizarre interview was interpreted as the rambling of a true genius. But all that really happened was: Amy fell down! The next thing she knows, friends and fans are coming out of the woodwork. Suddenly Amy is on radio shows, keynoting a major publishing event, and guiding a local writers' retreat. But the strangest thing of all: Amy starts to write. Readers witness Amy confront her past and present, and choose to take down the walls she so carefully wrote up around her. This novel is a mirror into today's publishing world, a humorous roman-a-clef about a bitterly uninspired writer who decides to change her life after a freak accident.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250028273
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Amy falls down


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Apr 09, 2019

One of the most interesting books I've read in a long time - clever, witty, engaging, with pearls of wisdom scattered throughout - I didn't want to put it down. I'm definitely going to track down more books by this author.

Feb 24, 2016

Amy Gallup is a loner, a writer living with her dog, whose contact is mostly online teaching a writing course. That's about to change.
What an odd, but engaging, book! There are 'laugh out loud’ moments in it. I'll not describe anything as 'compelling' again without thinking of Jincy Willet.

cals_flss Oct 01, 2015

Amy - the reluctant writing instructor, ambivalent blogger, and reclusive misanthrope from Willett's novel "The Writing Class" - slips and hits her head on a concrete birdbath in her backyard mere hours before she is scheduled to give an interview to a reporter doing a where-are-they-now interest piece on washed-up writers. Amy gives the interview but has no recollection of what she says to the reporter. To Amy's surprise (and initial dismay), the article goes viral and Amy once again finds herself the darling of the writing world, only this time she's older and a lot less concerned with what others think of her. Readers of a certain age will especially relate to Amy and cheer her on as life's funny twists and turns breathe new life into her writing career.

May 07, 2014

Nancy Pearl's latest: hilarious

Mar 29, 2014

Only read a bit, not interested enough to finish

Jan 31, 2014

Well worth reading. Not deep, moves quickly, but the adventures of a 60+ eccentric writer protagonist (and her basset hound) were fun and thoughtfully written.

Jan 15, 2014

Funny, yet sensitive story about a writer pushing through her writer's block with the help of a lively cast of helpful characters. I laughed often and might honestly re-read this novel again.

ontherideau Dec 28, 2013

I really like some parts of this but other times I found myself scanning. The dog character is well played without making him human and I love what the author says about fiction. " When it's done right, does in the daylight what dreams do at night"

Nov 03, 2013

Funny but also insightful. Really good.

ChristchurchLib Sep 16, 2013

"Suffering a head injury after decades of isolation, Amy Gallup participates in a scheduled newspaper interview by a journalist who perceives her post-injury confusion for the rambling of a genius, a mistake that reunites her with former friends, catapults her to fame and rekindles her literary ambitions." September 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter


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