Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir

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Macmillan, Feb 21, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
73 Reviews
A daughter's unforgettable memoir of her wild and haunted father, a man whose war never really ended

From her father, Danielle Trussoni learned rock and roll, how to avoid the cops, and never to shy away from a fight. Growing up, she was fascinated by stories of his adventures as a tunnel rat in Vietnam, where he risked his life crawling headfirst into holes to search for American POWs held underground. Ultimately, Danielle came to believe that when the man she adored drank too much, beat up strangers, or mistreated her mother, it was because the horror of those tunnels still lived inside him. Eventually her mom gave up and left, taking all the kids except one: Danielle. When everyone else walked away and washed their hands of Dan Trussoni, Danielle would not. Now she tells their story.
As Danielle trails her father through nights at Roscoe's Vogue Bar, scores of wild girlfriends, and years of bad dreams, a vivid and poignant portrait of a father-daughter relationship unlike any other emerges. Although the Trussonis are fiercely committed to each other, theirs is a love story filled with anger, stubbornness, outrageous behavior, and battle scars that never completely heal.
Beautifully told in a voice that is defiant, funny, and yet sometimes heartbreaking, Falling Through the Earth immediately joins the ranks of those classic memoirs whose characters imprint themselves indelibly into readers' lives.

Falling Through the Earth is the winner of the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award for 2005-06. It was chosen by Marilynne Robinson and James A. McPherson. The award is given every two years by the workshop to honor the best book written by a graduate of the workshop during this time.
  

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User Review  - Sheila - Goodreads

This book opened up questions for my Dad who was also a tunnel rat. I was able to ask him directly what his experiences were like were they at all like those in the book. How he was able to function ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cathy - Goodreads

As the daughter of a Vietnam vet, this was a tough but welcome read. There's no shortage of books that offer a glimpse into the ravages of the war and it's lasting toll; very few, however, have told ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
8
Section 4
21
Section 5
34
Section 6
46
Section 7
60
Section 8
73
Section 12
135
Section 13
143
Section 14
156
Section 15
168
Section 16
191
Section 17
206
Section 18
223
Section 19
231

Section 9
89
Section 10
104
Section 11
119
Section 20
237
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About the author (2006)

Danielle Trussoni, who grew up and now lives in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. On the strength of the first twenty pages she ever wrote (which became part of this book) she was admitted to the Iowa Writers' Workshop from which she graduated in May 2002.

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