Synopses & Reviews
The endearingly bitter writer, Amy Gallup has happily isolated herself from the world spending the last two decades teaching and reviewing — she's done a lot of thinking... but very little writing. On an unassuming morning, in her slippers, Amy trips in her backyard, goes head-over-heels, and into the side of a birdbath. The hospital clears her of head injury — so Amy returns home. When a local reporter shows up for a scheduled interview — Amy is not quite herself.
The article paints Amy as a the zen-goddess of writing, publishing... and life. Her bizarre interview was interpreted as the rambling of a true genius. But all that really happened was: Amy fell down!
The next thing she knows, friends and fans are coming out of the woodwork. Suddenly Amy is on radio shows, keynoting a major publishing event, and guiding a local writers retreat. But the strangest thing of all: Amy starts to write.
Readers witness Amy confront her past and present, and choose to take down the walls she so carefully wrote up around her. Amy Falls Down is a novel both surprisingly heartwarming and a witty mirror into today's publishing world — as only Jincy Willett could write.
A scathingly funny and wickedly humorous roman-a-clef by one of our most acclaimed literary humorists — about a bitterly uninspired writer who decides to change her life after a freak accident.
Praise for Winner of the National Book Award:
“The funniest novel I have read, possibly ever.” —Augusten Burroughs
"Riotous [and] hugely funny." —The New York Times
"The author mows down worlds of artistic and psychological twaddle with killer sprays of language. Willett is effortlessly, furiously funny. . . . A." —Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Jincy Willett is the author of Jenny and the Jaws of Life and Winner of the National Book Award, and The Writing Class which have been translated and sold internationally. Her stories have been published in Cosmopolitan, McSweeney's Quarterly and other magazines. She frequently reviews for The New York Times Book Review. Willett spends her days parsing the sentences of total strangers and her nights teaching and writing — sometimes, late at night, in the dark, she laughs inappropriately.