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Breaking Her Fall

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ISBN-10: 0156029693

ISBN-13: 9780156029698

Edition: 2003

Authors: Stephen Goodwin

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Just before eleven on an ordinary summer night in Washington, D.C., Tucker Jones picks up the phone, expecting to hear that his teenage daughter, Kat, is back from the movies. But the caller is another parent, a man who tells Tucker that Kat was actually at a party-and makes a shocking allegation about what happened to her there. In a blind rage, Tucker races to the party to find Kat already departed, but his full-boil interrogation of the boys still present spills over into a confrontation-and ends with one of the boys crashing into a glass tabletop. In a second, his rage turns to remorse, and he soon finds himself under arrest. Tucker could easily lose his home and his business, but he is most concerned about losing his daughter. Stephen Goodwin writes with insight and rare power about the way that passion rearranges lives. As Tucker and Kat and everyone around them seek to repair the damages of that night, Breaking Her Fall charts their uncommonly difficult passage from despair to reconciliation and hope with extraordinary grace.
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/3/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Stephen Goodwin comes from a large family whose roots are Irish Catholic, Russian Jew, Pennsylvania Dutch, and English. He was born in Pennsylvania, raised in Alabama, and went to high school in Rhode Island. He attended Harvard College and served a tour of duty in the army before receiving his M.A. at the University of Virginia, where he studied with Peter Taylor. His first novel, Kin, was published in 1975, followed by The Blood of Pardise in 1979. Goodwin is a co-founder of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and served as its first president, and he was Director of the Literature Program at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1987-1989. His articles and short stories have appeared in a number of magazines, including GQ and The Sewanee Review, and he has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merril Foundation, and the NEA. He now teaches in the Writing Program at George Mason University.

""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 ot