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The Falconer

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
'An electric debut' New York Times
'Exhilarating' Claire Messud
'Deeply affecting' Salman Rushdie

An iBooks Book of the Year 2019, 'Our favourite debut ... a glorious, empowering, coming of age NY story.'

A new coming-of-age classic, an early '90s New York-set novel of love, basketball, art and feminism

Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts. Lucy's inner life is a contradiction. She's by turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self-possessed and, despite herself, is in unrequited love with her best friend and pick-up teammate Percy, son of a prominent New York family who is trying to resist his upper crust fate.

As Lucy questions accepted notions of success, bristling against her own hunger for male approval, she is drawn into the world of a pair of provocative female artists living in what remains of New York's bohemia.

In her hit US debut, Dana Czapnik memorably captures the voice of a young woman in the first flush of freedom searching for an authentic way to live and love.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Meet Lucy Adler. As I read The Falconer, I felt like I'd found a literary cousin of Holden Caulfield--if Holden were a straight-shooting, hip-hop-listening, court-dominating, seventeen-year-old Jewish-Italian girl. Dana Czapnik has crafted a wholly original coming-of-age story. In basketball terms, The Falconer is a fearless three-point shot." - Chloe Benjamin

"Told with a poet's ear and a basketball player's eye and reflexes, The Falconer is an extraordinary book. Czapnik is refreshingly honest and open-eyed about the way money, gender and the demands of the body steer the overwhelming longings and frustrations of being a young woman growing up in the city. Every detail feels true and important, every small observation tells a larger story. A wonderful new talent." - Rivka Galchen

"An unsentimental education in all that is urgent, soulful and intimate. As much the portrait of an era as it is the portrait of an adolescence, this is a crossover novel that will thrill readers of all generations. The Falconer captures the grueling, exhilarating pathos of one woman’s quest to become whole. A wonderful debut." - Colum McCann

"Smart, tough, an extraordinary athlete, Lucy Adler teeters, zealous and baffled, on the cusp of womanhood. Dana Czapnik’s frank heroine has a voice, and a perspective, you won’t soon forget. The Falconer is an exhilarating debut." - Claire Messud

"The Falconer is a novel of huge heart and fierce intelligence. It has restored my faith in pretty much everything." - Ann Patchett

"A deeply affecting tale of a young woman coming of age in a man's world." - Salman Rushdie


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Hardback Editions

April 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Falconer (Wheeler Publishing Large Print Hardcover)
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
ISBN: 1-4328-6359-2 / 978-1-4328-6359-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Falconer: A Novel
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
ISBN: 1-5011-9322-8 / 978-1-5011-9322-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Falconer: A Novel
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
ISBN: 1-5011-9323-6 / 978-1-5011-9323-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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August 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Falconer
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
ISBN: 0-571-35593-5 / 978-0-571-35593-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Audio Editions

June 2019 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Falconer
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
ISBN: 1-5288-7647-4 / 978-1-5288-7647-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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April 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Falconer
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Falconer
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January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Falconer: A Novel
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
ISBN: 1-5082-8098-3 / 978-1-5082-8098-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Falconer: A Novel
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Falconer: A Novel
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
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Kindle Editions

April 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Falconer
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Falconer: A Novel
Author(s): Dana Czapnik
Publisher: Atria Books
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