Micro-Review: Amy Falls Down

Amy-Falls-DownAmy Falls Down
by Jincy Willett
St. Martin’s, 2013
336 pages (hardcover)
Source: personal library


Amy Gallup is such a perfectionist, she once almost drowned because she couldn’t think of a less-cliched phrase to shout than “Help!” Grief and regret have kept her from fully embracing life, and she’s settled for being an unambitious writer teaching an online writing class – until the day she falls in her garden and knocks herself out on the birdbath. This minor injury sets off a string of events that restarts her literary career, despite her phobias and self-sabotage. In this immensely entertaining novel, Willett skewers the modern publishing world while steering her character through it. A has-been and now a hit again, unwillingly sharing her moment in the media spotlight with younger writers of various stripes, Amy’s internal monologue is funny and insightful, from her desire for a “stupidity pill” to help her see the world from others’ perspectives, to her purpose for writing (“to fashion sense out of chaos”) and her observation of aging as “a process of subtraction.” The sequel to Willett’s 2008 The Writing Class, you don’t have to read the first one to follow the story, but you’ll want to – if only for another dose of Amy’s wit.

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