Alicia Rasley The Year She Fell

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The Year She Fell

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The tragic mystery at the heart of their family has finally surfaced . . . When Ellen Wakefield O'Connor is confronted by a young man armed with a birth certificate that mistakenly names her as his mother, she quickly sorts out the truth: his birth mother listed Ellen on the certificate to cover up her own identity, but also because Ellen is, in a way, related to the child. The birth father is Ellen's troubled husband, Tom. The secrets of the past soon engulf Ellen, Tom, and everyone they love. This drama of love, loss, family and betrayal will capture readers with its unforgettable power.

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The Year She Fell by Alicia Rasley
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  1. The Year She Fell is set in the mountains of West Virginia, a beautiful but impoverished state.  Discuss the situation of the Wakefield sisters, growing up rich but surrounded by poverty.
  2. Both Ellen and her sister Theresa have religious vocations, but while Ellen's faith is low-key, Theresa's requires constant sacrifice. What about their personalities and experiences might account for the difference in religious intensity?
  3. Mitch Price is an artisan, a man who works creatively with his hands in a traditional craft (wood-carving). In his own way, he is as much a throwback as Mrs. Wakefield. How might the remote setting (mountainous West Virginia) lead to an embrace of more traditional forms and roles?
  4. Jackson McCain was a delinquent who grew up to be a cop. What sort of experiences might account for such a transformation?
  5. Mrs. Wakefield is a society matriarch of a sort not seen much in these days of grannies in hiking boots. Tom calls his father "a professional Irishman," deepening his accent and Irishness to impress the Americans who come to his pub. Trevor O'Connor. and Mrs. Wakefield are both most comfortable in the personas imparted by their social class and situation.  Is that sort of role-inhabiting a thing of the past in our fast-changing society?  Contrast this with the discarding of early roles (delinquent and debutante) shown by the younger Jackson and Laura.
  6. Laura and Jackson never got over their early love, and they reunite as adults. Is this sort of "reunion love" an example of self-deception, or can what attracted us at 16 still be alluring in midlife?
  7. In his reckless youth, Tom betrayed Ellen. Do you think it's possible to forgive and forget in a case like theirs? Is she a fool if she believes him when he says he loved only her?
  8. Cathy is the great enigma, and her death the mystery that her sisters must solve.  Consider the damage she has done to each sister. Does her reason absolve her of guilt?  How much should childhood trauma excuse adult misbehavior?
  9. Were Mrs. Wakefield's attempts to protect her family admirable or lamentable?  Chief McCain thinks she's crazy, as are most rich women. Do you agree that wealth distorts reality for the wealthy?
  10. All families have secrets, though the Wakefields have more than most. Have you discovered secrets in your own family? What did your parents and grandparents hide from you, and why?

About the Author:

Alicia Rasley is a Rita-award winning author and nationally known teacher of writing workshops. She teaches composition and tutors students in two state universities. She grew up in the mountains of Southwest Virginia but now lives in the midwestern flat land.

Her blog is at edittorrent.blogspot.com, and her website is rasley.com. Her writing book, The Power of Point of View, is still available from Writer's Digest Books.

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