The Falconer: A Novel (Hardback)
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The Falconer: A Novel (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 11/07/2019
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New York, 1993. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts. At turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self-possessed, Lucy is in unrequited love with her best friend and pick-up teammate Percy, scion to a prominent New York family who insists he wishes to resist upper crust fate.

As she navigates this complex relationship with all its youthful heartache, Lucy is seduced by a different kind of life-one less consumed by conventional success and the approval of men. A pair of provocative female artists living in what remains of New York's bohemia invite her into their world, but soon even their paradise begins to show cracks.

Told in vibrant, quicksilver prose, The Falconer is a "wholly original coming-of-age story" (Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists), providing a snapshot of the city and America through the eyes of the children of the baby boomers grappling with privilege and the fading of radical hopes. New York Times bestselling author Claire Messud calls The Falconer an "exhilarating debut," adding that "Dana Czapnik's frank heroine has a voice, and a perspective, you won't soon forget."

"Coming-of-age in Manhattan may not have been done this brilliantly since Catcher in the Rye. That comparison has been made before, but this time, it's true. Get ready to fall in love." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781501193224
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 370 g
Dimensions: 213 x 140 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[An] electric debut novel... Lucy's fierce first-person point of view is as confident and fearless as she is on the court; she narrates her story with the immediacy and sharpness of a sports commentator, mixed with the pathos and wisdom of a perceptive adolescent charting the perils of her senior year of high school... Reader, beware: Spending time with Lucy is unapologetic fun, and heartbreak, and awe as well." - Chloe Malle, New York Times Book Review

"There's so much more going on in The Falconer than "just" basketball, but as folks I know who love the game tell me, this seemingly speedy game slows down for good players: They can see everything happening on the court - every player, every movement, every possibility - with startling clarity. In The Falconer, Dana Czapnik displays this same gift: In bringing Lucy to life, she sees the whole game." -Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air, NPR

"The writing in Czapnik's debut is sparkling throughout... Coming-of-age in Manhattan may not have been done this brilliantly since Catcher in the Rye. That comparison has been made before, but this time, it's true. Get ready to fall in love." -Kirkus Review (starred)

"In this multicultural starburst of Manhattan past come the triumphs and trials of belonging that are the heartbeat of the novel... With prose that mimics Lucy's athletic skills - at times muscular, at others poetic - author Dana Czapnik glides between biting wit and philosophical musings on the nature of love and being. The book delivers on poignant wisdoms... probing the possibilities of womanhood and belonging." -Rosa Boshier, Los Angeles Review of Books

"[T]he book is filled with highly caffeinated badass riffs on Manhattan's scenery and soul, on feminism and art, on Lucy's generation, and on basketball itself... Lucy's simmering sexuality, her reaction to the male bodies around her, is never off the page for long. After all the books we've read about horny, frustrated adolescent boys, it's nice to get a different perspective... Lucy may come from 1993, but her voice and her energy are just what we need right now." - Marion Winik, Newsday

"Girl meets ball, boy, and world in approximately that order in Dana Czapnik's electrifying debut novel, The Falconer - a frank, bittersweet coming-of-age story that crackles with raw adolescent energy, fresh-cut prose, and a kinetic sense of place." -Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

"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, author of The Burning Girl and The Woman Upstairs

"A deeply affecting tale of a young woman coming of age in a man's world. All the characters feel authentic and unique, and its protagonist, Lucy Adler, jumps right off the page. I've never read a character quite like her in fiction - a deeply intelligent basketball player with a sharp, incisive take on the changing city and country in which she lives. Lucy's journey into adulthood will be especially resonant with today's readers." -Salman Rushdie, author of The Golden House and Midnight's Children

"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, author of Thirteen Ways of Looking and Let The Great World Spin

"The Falconer is a novel of huge heart and fierce intelligence. It has restored my faith in pretty much everything." -Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and co-owner of Parnassus Books

"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, author of The Immortalists and The Anatomy of Dreams

"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, author of Atmospheric Disturbances and American Innovations

"Remember your moony-eyed, slightly awkward 17-year-old self, hesitantly optimistic for the future and bit overwhelmed by the present? Lucy Adler, the ridiculously endearing high school senior (and ridiculously gifted basketball player) at the center of Dana Czapnik's debut novel, will take you back to the days of unrequited crushes with cold, cool boys and philosophical conversations with friends on walks home from school. The Falconer is the new definitive New York coming-of-age story - expect to underline many poignant sentences, as well as dreamy descriptions of the city at night." -Refinery29

"You can try, but you're unlikely to find descriptions of basketball as elegant as those in Dana Czapnik's debut novel... The Falconer offers astute observations on the difficulties women confront when trying to succeed in male-dominated fields. In Lucy, Czapnik has created a great character who refuses to conform to expectations." -Bookpage

"[A] sizzling debut is a coming-of-age novel set in 1993 New York." -Bustle

"This charming coming-of-age story will get no shortage of comparisons to The Catcher in the Rye. But Dana Czapnik gives readers a heroine all her own: 17-year-old Lucy, a half-Jewish, half-Italian, whip-smart basketball dynamo who is desperately in love with her best friend, a fellow hoops player." -CHATELAINE

"Move over Holden Caulfield... there is a new rebel in town. Lucy Adler has taken over as the cynical, smart-talking badass. Soak up the nostalgia of New York in the 90s with Lucy... This coming-of-age novel is one you won't want to miss this year!" -Get Literary

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Eimhear ALittleHaze

“Engaging and enjoyable coming of age tale”

There's something so life changing about being seventeen. Being both knowledgeable and naïve. Seeing the world as both beautiful and utterly screwed up.

The Falconer follows a year in the life of seventeen year... More

Paperback edition
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“An empowering read.”

A bildungsroman in the truest sense of the word. We bear witness to the journey of 17-year-old Lucy Adler as she negotiates the murky depths of societal norms and unrequited love. At times reading as Young Adult... More

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“Slow-Burn but Satisfying”

Lucy Adler's New York is a place of reflection, where side-notes and digressions pop up out of the pavement. There is drama, certainly - the Lucy at the end of the book is not the same person that greeted up as... More

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