Just before 11 o'clock on an ordinary summer night in Washington, D.C., Tucker Jones hears a devastating allegation about his daughter, a party, and some boys. From that heart-stopping moment, Breaking Her Fall moves with irresistible force to its wrenching and redemptive conclusion.
In a desperate rage, Tucker races to the party to find his daughter already departed, but his full-boil interrogation of the insolent boys ends with one of them crashing into a glass tabletop. In a second, Tucker's rage turns to remorse, but the gears of the legal machine are quickly set into motion, and they threaten to grind Tucker exceedingly fine.
He can easily lose his home, his business, and his freedom, but Tucker is most concerned with losing his daughter. Stephen Goodwin charts their uncommonly difficult passage from bleak despair to reconciliation and then to hope with extraordinary grace and insight.
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"BREAKING HER FALL is a frank, plain-spoken, passionate novel that got its grips on me. It is, in one sense, a page turner, and in another a true and good story of human frailty and imperfection survived." - Richard Ford
On an ordinary summer night in 1998, my daughter, Kathryn - Kat, we all called her, a fourteen-year-old who still liked to wear her blond hair in pigtails - told me that she was going to the movies with Abby, her best friend, but they never got there. Instead, they hooked up with some other kids, and decided to blow off the movie. It was a hot, dense Washington night, and one of the boys - Jed Vandenberg - invited everybody back to his house. He had a pool. His parents were away. The kids started drinking beer and vodka shooters. Just before eleven, when Kat was supposed to phone to let me know she was safe at Abby's house, I got a call from a stranger.
Stephen Goodwin is a professor of creative writing at George Mason University and the author of two novels and a nonfiction book. For two years, Goodwin directed the literature program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and he served as president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
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