Synopses & Reviews
Ever since her parents announced that they're getting divorced, Veronica has been falling. Hard. A junior in college, she's fallen in love. She's fallen behind in her difficult coursework. She hates her job at the dorm, and she longs for the home that no longer exists. When an attempt to escape the pressure, combined with bad luck, lands her in a terrifying situation, a shaken Veronica calls her mother for help only to find her former foundation too preoccupied to offer any assistance at all. But Veronica only gets to feel hurt for so long. Her mother shows up at the dorm with a surprising request and with the elderly family dog in tow. Veronica soon finds herself with a new set of problems, and new questions about love and independence. Darkly humorous, compelling, and filled with crystalline observations, While I'm Falling takes a deep look at a relationship between a mother and a daughter when one is trying to grow up and the other is trying to stay afloat.
"Turn off the phone, lock the door and order takeout before opening this sweet, straight-through read that leaves no loose ends dangling." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The third time proves a charm for the author of The Center of Everything and The Rest of Her Life. Veronica's story is told with a clarity and humor that make both her descent and her recovery believable." Library Journal
"While I'm Falling deftly captures the moment a child realizes that growing up means being responsible for your parents' mistakes and preventing yourself from making the same ones. Laura Moriarty keeps getting better and better." Jodi Picoult
Darkly humorous, compelling, and filled with crystalline observations, "While I'm Falling" takes a deep look at the relationship between a mother and a daughter as one is trying to grow up and the other is trying to stay afloat.
About the Author
Laura Moriarty received her master's degree from the University of Kansas and was awarded the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy. She is the author of The Center of Everything and The Rest of Her Life. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.