The Art of Falling (Hardback)
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The Art of Falling (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 04/02/2021
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Boasting a cast of crisply drawn, rounded characters, McLaughlin’s masterful novel of an exhibition curator at a crossroads in her life is a subtle meditation on regret, memory and the necessity of painful decisions.   

'A gripping novel and a sharp, entertaining examination of the nature of art and its power to inspire and corrupt' - Roddy Doyle

Nessa McCormack's marriage is coming back together again after her husband's affair. She is excited to be in charge of a retrospective art exhibit for one of Ireland's most beloved and enigmatic artists, the late sculptor Robert Locke. But the arrival of two outsiders imperils both her personal and professional worlds: a chance encounter with an old friend threatens to expose a betrayal Nessa thought she had long put behind her, and at work, an odd woman comes forward claiming to be the true creator of Robert Locke's most famous work, The Chalk Sculpture.

As Nessa finds the past intruding on the present, she must decide whether she can continue to live a lie - or whether she's ready to face the consequences once everything is out in the open. In this gripping debut, Danielle McLaughlin reveals profound truths about love, power, and the secrets that rule us.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473613669
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 218 x 144 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A superior work of character-driven literary fiction in the spirit of Bernard MacLaverty or Tessa Hadley . . . if The Art of Falling doesn't make a prize shortlist or two this year, we should riot - The Times

A gripping novel and a sharp, entertaining examination of the nature of art and its power to inspire and corrupt - Roddy Doyle

There are very few writers who can craft characters with the depth and subtlety Danielle McLaughlin brings to her writing. The Art of Falling is a delicate slow burn of a novel. It is a big novel sitting within a close and small frame; a book of unspoken regrets and long-kept secrets and the slow revelation of humanity. There are shades here of Alice Munro at her finest. Like Munro, McLaughlin is best when writing those quiet moments which resonate long after the event - Jan Carson

In The Art of Falling, McLaughlin adds to literature something fresh and vital: a real, unbeautified narrative about a woman's career and life. Truths withheld are part of that life, as they are part of the narrative . . . but none are withheld from the reader. The truths hit home, powerfully. A propulsive, disquieting, arrestive novel by a master of social realism - Caoilinn Hughes

McLaughlin's first novel delivers everything I hoped it would. Lush with finely-drawn characters, delectable detail and immaculate sentences, this is an elegant novel about secrets and lies and, ultimately, forgiveness. It's brilliant - Louise Kennedy

Second books come with a sense of heightened expectation. Danielle McLaughlin's Dinosaurs on Other Planets was one of the best debut collections of the decade. Having since won the Windham Campbell Award and Sunday Times Short Story Award, a lot is expected of her debut, The Art of Falling, and she does not disappoint - Irish Times

A compelling exploration of the ethics and emotional contours of marital affection and sexual infidelity . . . McLaughlin is a master of charting the volatility of characters' perceptions of themselves - FT

Remarkable . . . This engaging and evocative work will stay with readers - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The rarest of novels as it's both a page-turner and an affecting meditation on love, art, truth and faithfulness in all its forms - Sunday Business Post

The strength of the book lies in its slow-building picture of the way that intimacy and estrangement can coincide . . . moving and quietly uplifting - Guardian

Imaginative and intriguing - Irish Examiner

Her work reads like that of an old master. Her details are perfectly plucked, her images crystalline. And there's a sensethat what she's really saying is tucked between the lines. Whole worlds appear in words she hasn't written - Sunday Business Post

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“Fascinating and multilayered”

This is a novel about secrets and truth, with the central character being Nessa McCormack. She needs to confront the truth in her fractured real with husband Philip and repair the fallout with her daughter Jennifer.... More

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“A highly imaginative slow burner”

I'm always intrigued by the myriad of stories that stem from writers imaginations. Where does the inspiration come from? The Art of Falling is one of those stories that amazes for its originality. Nessa is... More

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“Intriguing and enjoyable”

A domestic drama infused with art and the legacy left behind by powerful and influential men, this is an enjoyable book and one that I found a quick and easy read. The story revolves around art curator Nessa, and the... More

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