Amy Falls Down

Amy Falls Down

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor living in Escondido, California, with her dog, Alphonse. Since recent unsettling events, she has made some progress. While she still has writer's block, she doesn't suffer from it. She's still a hermit, but she has allowed some of her class members into her life. She is no longer numb, angry, and sardonic: she is merely numb and bemused, which is as close to happy as she plans to get. Amy is calm.

So, when on New Year's morning she shuffles out to her backyard garden to plant a Norfolk pine, she is wholly unprepared for what happens next.

Amy falls down.

A simple accident, as a result of which something happens, and then something else, and then a number of different things, all as unpredictable as an eight-ball break. At first the changes are small, but as these small events carom off one another, Amy's life changes in ways that range from ridiculous to frightening to profound.

This most reluctant of adventurers is dragged and propelled by train, plane, and automobile through an outlandish series of antic media events on her way to becoming--to her horror--a kind of celebrity. And along the way, as the numbness begins to wear off, she comes up against something she has avoided all her life: her future, that "sleeping monster, not to be poked."

Jincy Willett's Amy Falls Down explores, through the experience of one character, the role that accident plays in all our lives. "You turn a corner and beasts break into arias, gunfire erupts, waking a hundred families, starting a hundred different conversations. You crack your head open and three thousand miles away a stranger with Asperger's jump-starts your career."

We are all like Amy. We are all wholly unprepared for what happens next.

Also, there's a basset hound.
An NPR Best Book of 2013

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250028273
1250028272
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm

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Witty satire about the publishing and marketing of literature. Willett's Amy Gallup is the discerning reader's best friend.

Brilliant parody and informative account of how books are written and, more tellingly, how they are marketed in the mass media. With nothing to lose, Amy holds her own and readers everywhere cheer.

Anyone interested in the art of writing owes it to themselves to read through the novels of Jincy Willett. In Amy Falls Down, we are reunited with many of the characters from The Writing Class. Amy, a has-been writer, suffers an accidental fall and gives a non compos mentis interview which become... Read More »

Anyone interested in the art of writing owes it to themselves to read through the novels of Jincy Willett. In Amy Falls Down, we are reunited with many of the characters from The Writing Class. Amy, a has-been writer, suffers an accidental fall and gives a non compos mentis interview which become... Read More »

Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor living in Escondido, California, with her dog, Alphonse. Since recent unsettling events, she has made some progress. While she still has writer's block, she doesn't suffer from it. She's still a hermit, but she has allowed some of her class m... Read More »


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EmilyEm
Feb 24, 2016

Amy Gallup is a loner, a writer living with her dog, whose contact is mostly online teaching a writing course. That's about to change.
What an odd, but engaging, book! There are 'laugh out loud’ moments in it. I'll not describe anything as 'compelling' again without thinking of Jincy Willet.

cals_flss Oct 01, 2015

Amy - the reluctant writing instructor, ambivalent blogger, and reclusive misanthrope from Willett's novel "The Writing Class" - slips and hits her head on a concrete birdbath in her backyard mere hours before she is scheduled to give an interview to a reporter doing a where-are-they-now interest piece on washed-up writers. Amy gives the interview but has no recollection of what she says to the reporter. To Amy's surprise (and initial dismay), the article goes viral and Amy once again finds herself the darling of the writing world, only this time she's older and a lot less concerned with what others think of her. Readers of a certain age will especially relate to Amy and cheer her on as life's funny twists and turns breathe new life into her writing career.

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broo
May 07, 2014

Nancy Pearl's latest: hilarious

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lpodell
Mar 29, 2014

Only read a bit, not interested enough to finish

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joymstone
Jan 31, 2014

Well worth reading. Not deep, moves quickly, but the adventures of a 60+ eccentric writer protagonist (and her basset hound) were fun and thoughtfully written.

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kdmalecki04
Jan 15, 2014

Funny, yet sensitive story about a writer pushing through her writer's block with the help of a lively cast of helpful characters. I laughed often and might honestly re-read this novel again.

ontherideau Dec 28, 2013

I really like some parts of this but other times I found myself scanning. The dog character is well played without making him human and I love what the author says about fiction. " When it's done right, does in the daylight what dreams do at night"

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gymgurl
Nov 03, 2013

Funny but also insightful. Really good.

ChristchurchLib Sep 16, 2013

"Suffering a head injury after decades of isolation, Amy Gallup participates in a scheduled newspaper interview by a journalist who perceives her post-injury confusion for the rambling of a genius, a mistake that reunites her with former friends, catapults her to fame and rekindles her literary ambitions." September 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=678205

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