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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (July 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289659
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,645,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Danielle Younge-Ullman redefines modern fiction with this finely wrought, edgy debut. She is the best kind of new author— enormously talented and utterly unafraid.”
—Kristy Kiernan, author of Catching Genius

“Mara’s journey is a wild ride. And Danielle Younge-Ullman writes about human connections and with thrilling energy, honesty and fury.”
—Ellen Sussman, editor of Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Danielle Younge-Ullman is a novelist, playwright, and actor from Toronto, Canada. Her one-act play, 7 Acts of Intercourse, debuted at Toronto’s SummerWorks festival in 2005. This is her first novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Danielle Younge-Ullman is a novelist, playwright and freelance writer who has always had a passion for books, language and storytelling. Danielle attained her BA in English and Drama from McGill University in Montreal, then returned to her hometown of Toronto to work as professional actor for ten years. This was character-building time during which she held a wild variety of acting and non-acting jobs--everything from working on the stage with Soulpepper Theatre (a high point!) to dubbing English voices for Japanese TV (an interesting point!), to temping, to teaching Pilates. Danielle's short story, Reconciliation, will be published in a McGraw-Hill Anthology for young adults in 2012 her, one-act play, 7 Acts of Intercourse, debuted at Toronto's SummerWorks Festival in 2005, and her work has appeared in The Quill & Quire and Corridors magazine. Danielle lives in Toronto with her husband, two daughters, and their dog, Finny. FALLING UNDER is her debut novel.

For more information including updates, a book club reading guide and links to interviews and podcasts, visit www.danielleyoungeullman.com.

Customer Reviews

The author's writing style is amazing.
A. A. Davis
When Mara meets a man she thinks she can love, the two stories collide and we learn the full history behind Mara's inability to love and let herself be loved.
Luanne Ollivier
I think most women will relate to this book in some ways....I just wish it ended slightly different!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Neil and Tracy on July 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Falling Under explores the complexity of what happens after a child grows up with parents who are too caught up in their own struggles to care for their own daughter. Mara Foster is used to having to care for her alcoholic father and tiptoe around her heartbroken mother. As an adult Mara uses her sexuality to push her demons away. She discovers a passion and success as an artist. But Mara continues to struggle as an adult after she experiences a tragedy. When she finally finds someone who just wants to love her, she finds herself struggling to open herself up again. And there is that special someone else who she is bound together with body and soul, by a dark secret.

"My skin, all at once, is like an open wound, my insides a battlefield. There is no thought to trace it to, no moment of warning before it happens, and yet I should have known I wouldn't be able to do this.

No matter what my heart begs, my body will not let me love.'

Falling Under may sound like it is all dark and dreary. But there are lots of wonderful funny moments as Mara navigates through her life. I loved Mara's character. Danielle Younge-Ullman's writing made me feel Mara's heartbreak deep in her soul. Women will find themselves identifying with her. Her best friend since childhood, Bernadette is a wonderfully fun character. And then there are those two men competing for her heart. When I reached the end I, found myself turning to the front cover and then suddenly it all made sense. The ending is amazing and I won't say anymore because you will want to have the experience for yourself. I highly recommend Falling Under. There are compelling subjects for discussion for book clubs, such as alcoholism, absentee parents, and then that wonderful ending. Believe me, the discussions will be heated. I look forward to many more books from this author.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maureen McGowan on November 15, 2011
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It's not often that one finds a book that's simultaneously dark and deep but also funny. The characters in this book are real the emotions resonate and my heart broke for Mara as she struggles to get out from under her damaged childhood. Can't recommend this book enough.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on July 30, 2008
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Wow, this debut by author Danielle Younge Ullman left me breathless. Gritty, dark and very thought-provoking, Falling Under is a must read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa's Book Review on June 12, 2012
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This book made me cry most of the afternoon! I loved the author's ability to completely pull me in and then shake me like a rag doll. It is dark, emotional and beautifully written.

Honestly, I was not expecting for this book to be what it was; I was thinking it would be a dramatic romance but not a heart tearing, sob inducing, need a glass of wine type book. I did not expect to have an afternoon cry fest when I picked it up. I should not have called for a pizza while finishing the last 15% as I am pretty sure the pizza boy thought I had just learned of a death in the family. It is one of those books that still has me thinking the next day!

The book goes back and forth between present and past which worked really well in this case. Mara's parents divorced when she was very young and put her through more than a little girl should have to go through. She doesn't feel particularly loved or nurtured by either parent and starts emotionally detaching herself from situations. Not only is she detached but she doesn't care much about herself. For example, she loses her virginity to a guy she isn't even dating or on a date on because she is mad at her best friend and needs something to give her pain to take that pain away. She falls into some relationships that she shouldn't and ruins relationships that she shouldn't. This girl was so incredibly broken and makes Olivia from The Opportunist look normal at times! She has an intense fear of dying or those around her dying, anxiety and intimacy issues.

To give you an idea of how Mara feels about herself, here are her own thoughts, "If I were painting me, I'd paint a half-person, a woman chased by monsters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader 22 on August 17, 2012
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I really enjoyed the book. I found it very well written and also frustrating. Mara the character pours out her soul. Sometimes it's too disjointed to follow and other times it makes sense.. You feel for her struggles and want to protect her but it is a book after all. The ending is what you make it which leaves you unsure and still thinking.. An interesting read from what I usually choose.. Check it out..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lisakp71 on June 16, 2012
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Wow, so much better, and more, than I expected.

The main character is so completely jacked up that being so thoroughly in her head the entire book could turn ugly or just reek of self-involvement; it is actually a very well-written and well-rounded story. She is angsty and brooding, cannot sometimes see the forest for the trees and is definitely self destructive. She is also funny, is a fully-realized character, and tries hard even through her fears when a new opportunity at happiness give her hope.

I really like this sort of read - I saw the story but not the labor behind it, no getting distracted by poor writing. A book of this weight can sometimes be hard work to slog through. This one is effortless.

My only complaint, minor though it is, is about the ending. We the readers went through so much with Mara, so many flat-out horrible and painful moments...so, really?? We can't just have that one with her too? I get the idea - but after such skillful execution of the rest it seemed a bit of a cheap ploy to end it as it did. Still love the story. But dammit.
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