Book Review: “The Art of Falling” by Kathryn Craft


Title:  The Art of Falling

Author:  Kathryn Craft

Synopsis (from

All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance—and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

Kathryn Craft’s lyrical debut novel is a masterful portrayal of a young woman trying to come to terms with her body and the artistic world that has repeatedly rejected her. The Art of Falling expresses the beauty of movement, the stasis of despair, and the unlimited possibilities that come with a new beginning.

My thoughts:  I love running into a book that I had absolutely no idea about and absolutely loving it.  Such is the case with Kathryn Craft’s debut novel “The Art of Falling”.  I happened to read about in an email about new books that I receive and I knew right away, this was one that I had to read.  And I am certainly glad that I did.

Penny, a celebrated dancer, must figure out her life all over again after falling from a 14 story balcony that takes her ability to dance away.  What will she do if she can’t dance?  What was the fall all about after all?  What is her purpose in life without dance?

This is truly a beautifully written novel . . . I like to describe the writing style as almost lyrical in its approach . . . it flows wonderfully almost as if the words are dancing across the page.

This novel addresses so many profound themes in a wonderful way: strained relationships between mother and daughter, balance, redemption, self-hatred, life purpose, new beginnings, acceptance, death, life . . . the themes truly are endless.

I loved the different relationships that blossom between completely unexpected characters in the book!

Truly a wonderful debut novel!  Do yourself a favor and read this book!  You will not be disappointed.

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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