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All Fall Down

(2009)
A collection of stories by

 
In two novellas and four shorter tales of love and healing gone awry, we meet caregivers and lovers, muses and skydivers, mothers and minors - all headed toward 'ninety mile-an-hour psychic crashes euphemistically referred to as epiphanies.' As William Gass says, 'The music of Mary Caponegro's stories is to the mouth what wine is.' And through exuberant lyricism, remarkable characterization, and settings as elaborately detailed as any in Hollywood, these dramas of failure, resilience, and transformation linger long after the wine is gone.

    

"Mary Caponegro is one of the most imaginative, daring, serious and playful writers alive. All Fall Down is her best book yet." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"Mary Caponegro's headlong tales chronicle our generation's internal trajectories; she's robust, crude, drop-dead funny, tender, and heartbreaking as she navigates the tragicomedy of our middle age. She goes straight to the bottom of sex, love, romance, and all their travesties. The way David Foster Wallace used and claimed and forever changed footnotes, Caponegro has branded parentheses. She charts the 'oldly-wed game' of the long married using 'not a laugh but a cry-track.' Playful, but never shirking, Caponegro's stories are a deep balm." - Mona Simpson


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Paperback Editions

July 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: All Fall Down
Author(s): Mary Caponegro
ISBN: 1-56689-226-0 / 978-1-56689-226-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Coffee House Press
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