Falling in Place

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Vintage Books, 1991 - Fiction - 342 pages
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In this assured and unsettling novel, the author of Picturing Will traces the faltering orbits of the members of one family and the people around them. "Impressive. . . . Nothing Ann Beattie has written could prepare us for (this) novel. Beattie (is) a prodigiously gifted writer".--The New York Times Book Review.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In her second novel, Beattie's dessicated people—blunted, wobbling in the lassitude of vague guilts, playing their pinball impulses for bonanza relationships that never quite light up—again drift ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lyssa Obi - Goodreads

An excellent, yet unresolved, novel. Both the author and the characters seem lost at the end, which is fitting, I suppose. Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Ann Beattie was born in Washington, D.C. on September 8, 1947. She received a B.A. from American University in 1969 and an M.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1970. She began her writing career when she was just twenty-five, with the short story A Platonic Relationship, published in The New Yorker. Regular contributions to the magazine resulted in her first collection of short stories, Distortions, published in 1976. Her first novel, Chilly Scenes of Winter, was also published that year. Later works include Park City, Another You, Where You'll Find Me, and Walks with Men. Her work was honored with a Guggenheim fellowship in 1978, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980, and the Rea Award for the Short Story in 2005. She has taught at Harvard College, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Virginia.

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