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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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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on October 8, 2011
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Kate Nardek's life is both tender and searing to the mind and spirit of any sensitive reader - just like reality! Severely traumatized by seeing her neighbor, Michael, immediately after his suicide, Kate is tormented by visualizing him in almost every aspect of her life. Her awareness of his presence undergoes several phases, the first being overwhelmed by the presence of evil's dark power within and without one's person. While Kate doesn't seem to be getting over this horrific event quickly enough to satisfy her husband and family, she is also tormented by her son, Josh's increasingly violent outbursts which at the moment are confined to destroying physical objects but are bordering on threatening physical violence. It's enough to make a person crazy, and Kate wonders whether she's really losing it and whether her family will fall apart in the process.

But the poignant beauty of this book, alongside its acutely mental and spiritual challenges, is enjoying the earthy but transcendent process Kate and her family experience. Kate's journey is guided by a wise and delightful godmother and dear friend, Jean; a rather unorthodox priest, Father Nick; an "old soul" psychologist, Dr. Galen; and a psychiatrist. Kate faces her own inner darkness, her son's unspeakable and frightening diagnosis and her own father's true illness belied by his obvious alcoholism.

"Free-falling into the hands of the God/Goddess" is a wonderful process Kate learns to live in day by day, one that is not a pie-in-the-sky new age-ish type of spirituality but instead one that embraces every facet of kind and cruel daily living. What would it be like to embrace every single event with a realistic awareness that each moment is a gift?
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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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