Wednesday, September 28, 2011

FALLING UNDER - Danielle Younge-Ullman

May I present to you the most wonderful novel FALLING UNDER by my most wonderful friend Danielle Younge-Ullman.

She recently re-released it as an ebook and I highly recommend everyone go out there and buy a copy (though I should warn my younger followers that it is an adult book with sexual content).  This book is simply fantastic, well written, full of pathos and truly hilarious moments.  It's also one of the few books I've read that uses the second person perspective (ie:  "You wake up and discover . . .").  It also is written first person as well, in case you aren't sure if you'd like to read an entire book in second, but I gots to say, she does it so well you might wonder why all books aren't written like that.

I loved this book so much when it initially came out that when Danielle told me she was going to release the ebook version herself and she wanted to create a new cover, I immediately offered to design it for her.  Now the actual art on the cover?  So not me.  I wish it was, I have always wanted to be good at the visual arts.  Alas, I am not. The artist for the cover is Louisa McFarlane.

I did the rest, which is basically turning a gorgeous painting into a gorgeous cover.  

And . . . here it is:

Here is the synopsis:

After growing up as the only child of bitterly divorced parents, Mara Foster has finally gained independence and is embarking on a promising career as an artist. But despite her success, she is fragile. Burdened by a host of fears and anxieties, she finds it difficult even to leave the house on most days. When Mara meets Hugo, the walls she has built around herself begin to crumble, and as she struggles to find a breakthrough both in her art and in life, she must come to terms with her own dark secrets in order to get a second chance at happiness. 

Written in spare, crisp prose and marked by wry humor, Falling Under is a gripping contemporary tale of human weakness, friendship, and hard-earned redemption.

Here are some reviews: 

"Fierce, erotic and absolutely fearless. Falling Under is edgy as a razor blade and unlike anything you've read before." - NYT Bestselling author Caroline Leavitt, for Dame Magazine

“Falling Under is a wild ride; Danielle Younge-Ullman writes about human connections and with thrilling energy, honesty and fury.” —Ellen Sussman, bestselling author of French Lessons

"An astonishing debut novel reminiscent of Janet Fitch's White Oleander. Younge-Ullman has a talent for turning the shadows of life into a thing of beauty, almost poetry."—Curled Up With A Good Book

"Sleek, erotic, wry and poignant." —Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel

“Hard-hitting and explosive, with a raw energy that left me breathless.”—

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