Synopses & Reviews
A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one weeks time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isnt how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand. Alexandra Coutts's Tumble & Fall is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.
"As the world faces a catastrophic collision with a giant asteroid, three teenagers spending the summer on Martha's Vineyard discover that their last week on Earth may be life-changing in good ways as well. Sixteen-year-old Sienna, struggling with her mother's death and her own mental fragility, tries to relearn how to trust and love with help from a childhood friend; Zan wonders whether the dead boyfriend she has grieved for was faithful to her, even as she grows closer to his best friend; and Caden has to decide whether he can forgive two parents who have abandoned him, though in entirely different ways. Coutts's characters offer a great deal of depth and appeal, and her writing is both purposeful and rich. As the asteroid collision approaches, Coutts (the author of Wish and Wishful Thinking as Alexandra Bullen) subtly creates urgency without letting it overshadow the natural tension that builds as her three main characters contend with their various strained relationships. The three teenagers' stories intersect neatly, just in time for a well-considered ending. Ages 12 up. Agent: Sara Shandler, Alloy Entertainment. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"In the iconic words of R.E.M., “Its the end of the world as we know it,” and this smart, surprisingly feel-good, end-of-days novel is indeed…fine." -- Kirkus Reviews "Couttss characters offer a great deal of depth and appeal, and her writing is both purposeful and rich."--Publishers Weekly
"A refreshing debut." —Booklist "In the iconic words of R.E.M., ‘Its the end of the world as we know it, and this smart, surprisingly feel-good, end-of-days novel is indeed . . . fine." —Kirkus Reviews "Couttss characters offer a great deal of depth and appeal, and her writing is both purposeful and rich." —Publishers Weekly "Apocalyptic stories are all the rage these days, but this one stands out. There are no zombies, no deadly diseases, nothing to fight, and no way to win. Coutts has written a memorable novel filled with hope, love, absolution, and courage in the face of almost certain death. It will inspire readers to consider their own mortality and the profound impact they have on those who love them." —School Library Journal "Richly developed characters and a tight-knit island setting characterize this impressive novel." —The Horn Book
About the Author
Alexandra Coutts is a graduate of NYUs Tisch School of the Arts, where she received an MFA in Dramatic Writing. She lives on Marthas Vineyard with her husband and daughter.