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Product Details

  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Spoonbill Cove Press (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098154102X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981541020
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charrie Hazard, an award-winning journalist, worked as an investigative reporter and then as an editorial writer and op-ed columnist for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, before leaving journalism to pursue teaching and fiction writing.

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Only one who has lived this can truly understand what Hazard is describing.
Charles F. Hawkins
This book is full of life and hope and caring and I applaud Charrie for this extremely well written and thought-provoking novel.
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If you are a parent struggling with whether to seek mental health help for a child, I'd recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diane Masiello on July 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Do you ever wonder about the nature of good and evil? Do you believe that everyone has a chance at redemption? Do you think that there is a higher power in this world, a loving force that guides us, cares for us, and sends us the help we need when we most need it? If these thoughts ever enter your daily thinking, you must read this book. Charrie Hazard's novel is one of the most beautiful, gripping and moving stories of spiritual growth that I have ever read. While dealing with the topic of mental illness and its effect on the families of the afflicted, this is no self-help book. This is a fictional and yet deeply enlightening exploration of the place of faith, hope, and love in overcoming the painful and seemingly uncontrollable aspects of life. When you finish this masterful work, you will not be the same person you were when you picked it up. I didn't just read this novel--I experienced it, and it has changed the way that I look at the world, and myself. What more can we ask of any work, or any writer?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tammie Lindeberg on July 19, 2009
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Falling into the Sun follows a parental path that gives a startling view of what life is like for a parent on an incredible quest to save a child. It is during this journey seeking knowledge that will keep her son off of a path of destruction that Kate's own heart is strengthened and opened by an amazing series of events. Kate's struggles and trials with her son Josh may not be typical. However, the ultimate goal of finding the spirit within that will lead us to a greater knowledge is an inspiration to all who read Charrie Hazard's touchingly told story of a mother's deep love and search for answers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Anderson on July 13, 2009
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Falling into the Sun: A Novel Charrie Hazard's "Falling Into the Sun" tells of Kate Nardek, a woman pushed by her neighbor's suicide into reconciling her marred and distorted, imperfect self--revealed in what she sees as her failings as a mother, as a wife, as a daughter, as a human being--with the perfect image of God, in which she was created but lost somewhere along the way.

In control in the classroom, Kate skillfully engages her reticent college students into thinking and conversing deeply about the origins of evil. But when evil assaults her through her neighbor Michael's suicide and her own son's increasingly violent behavior, Kate's façade of control crumbles and the unresolved "big" questions that for years she has half-answered, then stuffed inside, come spilling out.

Is there a God? If there is, then why doesn't He/She DO something? Why do we suffer? Why do our children suffer? Why, why, why? What, in heaven's name, does God want from us? Tell us the answer, please, so we can just do it, and then get back to living our lives.

Only, as Kate discovers, "our lives" is what God wants. Not the life we think we "ought" to be living. The life God intended from the beginning for us to live.

This first novel by Charrie Hazard is an impressive debut. Hazard deftly draws us into Kate's life, Kate's self, and into Michael's life, Michael's self, then compels us, scene by scene, to watch the painful deconstruction of both selves and of the worlds those selves think they control. Hazard makes us think past our cloudy assumptions to a place in the sun where self opens itself to letting something, someone greater reveal a vastly larger picture than we have seen before.

That's not to say the novel is perfect. Then again, nothing in this world is. Maybe that's the point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on July 11, 2009
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Falling into the Sun was different from most books I read. It was highly religious, and mostly Christian, but it lacked the "my way is the right way" orientation of Christian fiction. Even though it talked about religion much more than many books labeled Christian fiction, the altar call, the overt or subtle urging by the author for the reader to adopt (or maintain) a certain faith wasn't there. As noted in the product description, this is the story of how seeing a neighbor's suicide scares a mother into getting her son the help he needs to deal with his mental illness. The main character, Kate, is an Episcopalian and talks with her priest are an integral part of the book. He approaches things from a Christian perspective, though at times he refers to, or affirms Kate's reference to God as "Her", but this isn't a book about feminist spirituality either; rather, Kate is a searcher, she is trying to find God and meaning in the sorrow and pain in her life, and unlike what is often seen in Christian fiction, this book offers no easy answers; hope, but no "find Jesus and your life will improve".

The afterlife, particularly as it relates to the suicide victim, also figures into the story. At various points in the book we hear Michael, the suicide victim, speak to us using italic print. While there are a couple of different ways his fate could be interpreted, I think reincarnation is the most obvious.

When people are physically ill we don't hesitate to send them to doctors. As a general rule, we are pleased to leave the doctor's office with a prescription for our child--it means the doctor knows what's wrong, and has a way to help, if not fix the problem. Mental illness is completely different. Seeking help is seen as a sign of weakness; of being unable to cope.
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