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Amy Falls Down
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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's 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.
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JINCY WILLETT is the author of Jenny and the Jaws of Life, Winner of the National Book Award, and The Writing Class, which have been translated and sold internationally. Her stories have been published in Cosmopolitan, McSweeney's Quarterly, and other magazines. She frequently reviews for The New York Times Book Review. Willett spends her days parsing the sentences of total strangers and her nights teaching and writing--sometimes, late at night, in the dark, she laughs inappropriately.

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"I loved this novel--it's totally brilliant--witty and mordant and filled with these wonderful insights into the state of publishing and writing and the way we are now. I thought Willett couldn't top Winner of the National Book Award, but I was wrong--this one definitely does." --Nancy Pearl"Willett uses her charmingly filterless heroine as a mouthpiece to slam a parade of thinly veiled literati and media personalities with riotous accuracy, but she balances the snark with moments of poignancy." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"A smart and witty tale." --San Diego Union-Tribune I loved this novel--it's totally brilliant--witty and mordant and filled with these wonderful insights into the state of publishing and writing and the way we are now. I thought Willett couldn't top "Winner of the National Book Award," but I was wrong--this one definitely does. "Nancy Pearl" Willett uses her charmingly filterless heroine as a mouthpiece to slam a parade of thinly veiled literati and media personalities with riotous accuracy, but she balances the snark with moments of poignancy. "Publishers Weekly (starred review)" A smart and witty tale. "San Diego Union-Tribune"" Praise for "Amy Falls Down: ""I loved this novel--it's totally brilliant--witty and mordant and filled with these wonderful insights into the state of publishing and writing and the way we are now. I thought Willett couldn't top "Winner of the National Book Award", but I was wrong--this one definitely does."--Nancy Pearl"Willett uses her charmingly filterless heroine as a mouthpiece to slam a parade of thinly veiled literati and media personalities with riotous accuracy, but she balances the snark with moments of poignancy."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)"A smart and witty tale."--"San Diego Union-Tribune"Praise for "The Writing Class: ""Willet's delicious satire savages every literary pretension imaginable."--"The Miami Herald""A marvelous toy of a book, full of wry surprises and sly twists...extremely clever and quite enjoyable." --"Booklist"Praise for "Winner of the National Book Award" "The funniest novel I have read, possibly ever." --Augusten Burroughs"Riotous [and] hugely funny." --"The New York Times""The author mows down worlds of artistic and psychological twaddle with killer sprays of language. Willett is effortlessly, furiously funny. . . . A." --"Entertainment Weekly""Poignant and funny, mean and tender, Willett's novel is exuberantly original."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "An elegy wrapped inside a satire, a sorrowful meditation on the mysteries of sibling love and rivalry concealed within a bitterly funny chronicle of literary buffoonery. Jincy Willett is a fearless writer, capable of startling the reader into rueful laughter at every turn."--Tom PerrottaPraise for "Jenny and the Jaws of Life: ""Exquisite...A great, darkly comic collection."--Esquire "The funniest collection of stories I've ever read--really funny and perfectly sad at the same time."--David Sedaris Praise for "The Writing Class: ""Willet's delicious satire savages every literary pretension imaginable."--"The Miami Herald""A marvelous toy of a book, full of wry surprises and sly twists...extremely clever and quite enjoyable." --"Booklist"Praise for "Winner of the National Book Award" "The funniest novel I have read, possibly ever." --Augusten Burroughs"Riotous [and] hugely funny." --"The New York Times""The author mows down worlds of artistic and psychological twaddle with killer sprays of language. Willett is effortlessly, furiously funny. . . . A." --"Entertainment Weekly""Poignant and funny, mean and tender, Willett's novel is exuberantly original."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "An elegy wrapped inside a satire, a sorrowful meditation on the mysteries of sibling love and rivalry concealed within a bitterly funny chronicle of literary buffoonery. Jincy Willett is a fearless writer, capable of startling the reader into rueful laughter at every turn."--Tom PerrottaPraise for "Jenny and the Jaws of Life: ""Exquisite...A great, darkly comic collection."--Esquire "The funniest collection of stories I've ever read--really funny and perfectly sad at the same time."--David Sedaris Praise for "Winner of the National Book Award" "The funniest novel I have read, possibly ever." --Augusten Burroughs"Riotous [and] hugely funny." --"The New York Times""The author mows down worlds of artistic and psychological twaddle with killer sprays of language. Willett is effortlessly, furiously funny. . . . A." --"Entertainment Weekly"

Willett's previous book, The Writing Class, introduced readers to the wonderfully acerbic author/creative writing teacher Amy Gallup. That novel was a regular whodunit, but this sequel is not in the mystery genre at all. Rather, it is a lovingly gentle but thorough skewering of the current literary world, the media surrounding it, and the "authors-as-brands" who often populate it. The novel opens with Amy falling and hitting her head on a birdbath. Long afraid of doctors and hospitals, she doesn't immediately seek treatment but instead gives an interview to a local newspaper journalist-a young woman who's featuring Amy in a "whatever happened to" article. (Amy's debut novel at 22 was a tremendous success, but nothing in the resulting 40 years quite lived up to the potential promised by it.) Amy's incoherent ramblings set off a chain of events featuring her as a straight talker surrounded by pretentiousness. Verdict Funny and whip-smart about the modern book world, Willett's novel is also profound and touching on relationships, aging, and self-reflection. Absolutely recommended, whether or not you read The Writing Class, and especially if you're a voracious reader or a writer, a publisher, a critic, or a book blogger. [See Prepub Alert, 1/25/13.]-Amy Watts, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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