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In While I'm Falling, Laura Moriarty presents a compelling depiction of how one young woman's life changes when her family breaks up for good.

Ever since her parents announced that they're getting divorced, Veronica has been falling. Hard. She has fallen in love. A junior in college, she has fallen behind in her difficult coursework. She hates her job as counselor at the dorm, and she longs for the home that no longer exists. When an attempt to escape the pressure, combined with bad luck, lands her in a terrifying situation, a shaken Veronica calls her mother for help--only to find her former foundation too preoccupied to offer any assistance at all.

But Veronica only gets to feel hurt for so long. Her mother shows up at the dorm with a surprising request--and with the elderly family dog in tow. Boyfriend complications ensue, along with her father's sudden interest in dating. Veronica soon finds herself with a new set of problems, and new questions about love and independence.

Darkly humorous, beautifully written, and filled with crystalline observations about how families fall apart, While I'm Falling takes a deep look at the relationship between a daughter and a mother when one is trying to grow up and the other is trying to stay afloat.

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    While I'm Falling

    First let me start by saying, the writing is flawless, nothing to say about it at all, if it seems I'm stalling you correct in your assumptions. I'm just going to say it then, I have never read a more depressing novel ever. I hated the lawyer husband from the start, but yet thought at one point he seemed at least better able to deal with the girls, I was mistaken, however All the characters were held in contempt equally. This was a very sobering look at a family coming apart in a very desperate manner. Hated how I kept trying to hope for a light in these peoples misery, and wishing the ex husband a Malay because I don't feel he of all people deserves to be happy, sorry I know that sound vindictive so be it, I feel do to his neglect of his wife, she lost herself in raising kids and taking care of both early parents where he did not, and then for him to have lost any interest in his wife was even more of a betrayal than any affair could have been. We all strive for human connection to another and to be respected, loved and cherished. This for me was an emotionally sad and depressing book, read at your own risk of emotional downward spiral into sad.....


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