The Art of Falling

Kathryn Craft (Author)
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"A sensitive study of a woman choreographing her own recovery."--Kirkus

One Wrong Step Could Send Her Over the Edge

All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance--and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

Kathryn Craft's lyrical debut novel is a masterful portrayal of a young woman trying to come to terms with her body and the artistic world that has repeatedly rejected her. The Art of Falling expresses the beauty of movement, the stasis of despair, and the unlimited possibilities that come with a new beginning.

Product Details

Sourcebooks Landmark
Publish Date
January 28, 2014
5.59 X 0.97 X 8.18 inches | 0.89 pounds
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About the Author

Kathryn Craft has been a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene for more than a decade and is the author of The Art of Falling. She lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with her husband.


"Unfolds with grace and truth...refreshing and piercingly honest." - Kelly Simmons, author of Standing Still and The Bird House
"The Art of Falling is a story of friendship and personal growth, and a helluva good read." - Elizabeth Zimmer, dance critic, Metro New York
"Craft presents her mesmerizing characters with depth, understanding, and ethos." - Lana Kay Rosenberg, artistic director, Miami University Dance Theatre
"Strikes universal chords in all of us who yearn, who love, who fail and fall, and struggle to find our way back home." - Elizabeth Benedict, author of Almost, Slow Dancing, and The Practice of Deceit
"Beautifully written and strongly emotional, The Art of Falling will move readers deeply. Kathryn Craft has penned a winner!" - Jane Porter, National Bestselling Author
"In her engrossing debut, The Art of Falling, Kathryn Craft takes her long-damaged heroine on a quest for healing and truth-true self, true family, and true friendship. Craft's sharp and refreshing narrative will leave you pining for more." - Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home
"In The Art of Falling, Craft weaves an eloquent story about an unhinged dancer, body image, true friendship, and finding the lost moments, which make us whole." - Priscille Sibley, author of The Promise of Stardust
"Craft, a former dancer and choreographer, captures the entanglement of pain and despair and beauty and hope that often knits our lives and, through the character of Penny, illustrates how self-acceptance is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself." - Booklist
"One need not be graceful or understand dance to be drawn into Penny's life and to experience the beauty of her self-expression. Craft's fluid style shines in this story of denial, friendship, and redemption." - Bloggers Recommend
"Book clubs, take note: it's not every day you find a story as moving, thoughtful and discussion-provoking as Kathryn Craft's The Art of Falling." - Shelf Awareness
"An amazing story about the resiliency of the human spirit ... a must read." - Southern Fried Fiction
"A good yarn with an uplifting ending" - Philadelphia Dance
"Craft's debut novel lovingly traces the aesthetics of movement and gently explores the shattering pain of despair.
A sensitive study of a woman choreographing her own recovery.
" - Kirkus Reviews