Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett

Amy Falls DownThe Big Event in this book happens right up front, which is a bit of a jolt. Amy Gallup is an older, moderately successful author and writing instructor, who is moderately satisfied with her dog Alphonse and her life as a hermit in her moderately comfortable suburban California home, sometimes meditating on her past and her late husband. In Chapter One, “Accident,” a misstep changes the tenor of her life. Suddenly she is in demand.

Amy’s erstwhile agent Maxine re-appears, and shrewdly starts booking Amy into interviews, discussions, and even radio talk shows. Highly opinionated and proud of it, Amy surprises everyone, including herself, by embarking on heretofore unimagined adventures.

“What did it mean that now, after all these years, she wanted to be known again?” she wonders.

Amy – or is it the author? – is literary, articulate, and cerebral. Yet I often laughed out loud at her word plays (her blog is GO AWAY), story titles taken from the day’s events (“All Buzz Aside”) , and her unplanned takedowns of narcissists (including a egomaniac radio host.)

Even though Amy Falls Down is a sequel to Jincy Willett’s mystery, Winner of the National Book Award, it is not required reading to enjoy this book.

If you like this book, you may also enjoy Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout, or The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta.

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