Kate Southwood Falling to Earth

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Falling to Earth

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March 18, 1925. The day begins as any other rainy, spring day in the small settlement of Marah, Illinois. But the town lies directly in the path of the worst tornado in US history, which will descend without warning midday and leave the community in ruins. By nightfall, hundreds will be homeless and hundreds more will lie in the streets, dead or grievously injured. Only one man, Paul Graves, will still have everything he started the day with –– his family, his home, and his business, all miraculously intact.

Based on the historic Tri-State tornado, Falling to Earth follows Paul Graves and his young family in the year after the storm as they struggle to comprehend their own fate and that of their devastated town, as they watch Marah resurrect itself from the ruins, and as they miscalculate the growing resentment and hostility around them with tragic results.

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Kate Southwood received an M.A. in French Medieval Art from the University of Illinois, and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts Program for Poets and Writers. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives in Oslo, Norway with her husband and their two daughters. Falling to Earth is her first novel.

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"Absolutely gorgeous... Southwood's beautifully constructed novel, so psychologically acute, is a meditation on loss in every sense." ( The New York Times )
"In this poignant debut novel...Southwood delivers a powerful portrait of grief." ( The New Yorker) "Stunning... resolutely realist... extraordinarily moving." ( Financial Times)

" Inexorably, tragedy spawns tragedy in  Falling to Earth . It's the poise with which Southwood approaches it that makes it so heartbreaking." (The Chicago Reader)

"What's most exciting about Southwood's debut is her prose, which is reminiscent of Willa Cather's in its ability to condense the large, ineffable melancholy of the plains into razor-sharp images." ( The Daily Beast)

" Southwood's prose is vibrant and clear, and  Falling to Earth 's thrilling opening immediately draws in the reader with its brutal depiction of the power of nature." (BookPage)
"One of the best debut novels I have read in a long time...a novel which few will forget." ( Mary Whipple, Seeing the World Through Books ) "Southwood's spare and measured prose attests to the fragility of life and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit...a powerfully moving and affective debut." ( Bookmagnet )

" Southwood grounds abstract notions of faith, community, luck, and heritage in the conflicted thoughts of her distinct and finely realized characters." (Publishers Weekly)

" Her vivid descriptions of the Tri-State Tornado and the carnage left in its wake are so gripping that they will leave readers breathless... Readers looking for an emotionally true work of historical fiction will enjoy the complexity of the characters and their relationships." (BookPage)
"Southwood's prose is stark yet deeply felt, and her story reminds me of nothing so much as Thomas Hardy--where it's good people's own goodness that leads inevitably to tragedy." ( Muse at Highway Speeds)

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