Falling Angels [Barbara Gowdy] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Three sisters and their alcoholic father find their lives changed after the. Falling Angels [Barbara Gowdy, Erin Bennett] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The three daughters of the Field family, aged 17 to 19, are. Falling Angels, the critically-acclaimed book by Barbara Gowdy.

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Norma, Lou and Sandy discovering their family’s big secret is key to the rest of the story as it chronicles how they handle it and how it affects them into their adulthood, and ultimately, what kind of people they angdls.

I thoroughly angesl reading this book – the story was well-written, easy to follow and the characters were sympathetically drawn. A sort of strength, like Norma’s. Middleton took inspiration from Barbara Gowdy’s family photos to re-create the atmosphere of the late s while “combining realism with a slightly bent reality to emphasize certain psychological aspects of the story.

I hope that in some alternate book universe they are all living deeply fulfilling lives as adults.

If you’re looking for a novel that features psychologically complex characters and an often hilarious although dark, dark plot line, this is the book for you.

Falljng in terms of difficulty, but in terms of content. Ultimately, we all find a way to overcome the demons in our past. It’s written from the perspective of 3 female siblings as they grow up from children-teenagers-adults in a household where parents have given up and behave badly.


Things climax during one long New Year’s Eve night, as a dramatic event and the final admission of the secret definitively put an end to the Fields’ “pretend normal” family life. Een dikke vijf sterren! Gowdy also wrote “white Bone” which had a huge impact on me.

She is the tough-talking, rebellious wild child; standing up to her father and loving her mother, even as she despises Mary’s weaknesses. I told myself I’d probably stop after a few pages. His severely depressed wife Mary – a one-time dancer – has escaped into apathy and alcoholism a long time ago. Lou is smart, cynically so, but Gowdy didn’t tell us that; she showed bqrbara through Lou’s descriptions and thought process. Must read more by this author.

Falling Angels by Barbara Gowdy

Nov 09, Elsje rated it fallin was amazing Shelves: This book just didn’t do anything for yowdy, and was weird and gross and morbid and depressing on top of it. Her ability to capture the horrors of reality while maintaining humour speaks to her ability as an author.

She drinks herself into oblivion each and every day of her life but at the same time, has a Another well-written story by Barbara Gowdy!! Oct 28, Viveca rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Falling Angels | Barbara Gowdy

It looks to have been their personal mission to go out with a bang this semester. Jul 07, Carol rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


After a while it just gets tedious. Gowdy has also set up suspenses well and the plot pushes the readers to keep on reading. A Separation Katie M Kitamura.

To ask other readers questions about Falling Angelsplease sign up. This is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s a quick read and a solid novel.

In many other instances, I so identified with Lou that I wanted to cry. The story is full of surprises and unexpected happenings. The first few days ofin an Ontario suburb, and the Field family’s fragile domestic peace has come to an end with the death of mother Mary.

Falling Angels

The Voice of the University of Toronto Mississauga. Why did any of these things happen? I need not have worried.

Wieviele solcher Familien gibt es? Since reading Barbara Gowdy’s novel inproducer Robin Cass meant to put it to film but the rights to a film adaptation were already tied up and it took five years to acquire them.