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You try to recall your wedding day, and you remember a fat man. Or the birth of your first kid, and you remember a fat man. You loved your wife, who died decades ago; you love your kids, who you see once a week. But facts are facts: every time you try to remember anything, the fat man comes strolling into your brain, his hands in his pockets, whiskey on his breath.A vaudeville team that makes the leap to B-movie fame, Carter and Sharp have perfected a classic shtick: the stern professor and the hapless, bumbling Rocky. Offscreen, however, their roles are reversed. Mose Sharp is mild-mannered and accommodating, while Rocky Carter is a jovial bully--the kind of guy, Sharp thinks, who "compared the slices of cake on an arriving dessert tray and got disappointed, really disappointed, when the largest was delivered to somebody who wasn't him."
Show business is a subject tailor-made for McCracken's eccentric gifts: her timing is impeccable, and she's no slouch with the jokes either. But she's not playing this one just for laughs. As anyone who read The Giant's House knows, McCracken writes prose of uncommon beauty, studded with images both arresting and sad. Sharp's first few encounters with his wife, for example, are like "a pan of warm water inside my chest almost shoulder high, filled but perilous. It was the balancing that amazed me. Every time I thought of when I'd see her, the pan wobbled, but didn't spill, and the feat of carrying it astounded me again." This second novel is a balancing act on an even greater scale: tender but never sentimental, verbally dexterous but never merely clever. Like its predecessor, Niagara Falls will have you reading aloud to whomever will listen. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Terrific, poignant story. Well drawn characters.
I don't read a great deal of fiction these days, but I am glad I picked this up.
It was okay. I expected it to be funny like Laurel and Hardy, but it wasn't!Published 9 months ago by Jacqueline Williams
I've read numerous short stories by Elizabeth McCracken and loved them. This book was a different story altogether. So much information that added nothing to the story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark
Elizabeth McCracken's novel, Niagara Falls All Over Again, is the complete package: strong plot, well developed characters, and several story lines which tie together well. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by demerson19
Nicely written. The kind of book that makes you sad when you finish it because you'll miss the characters. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Maine Reader
This book blew me away. My girlfriend suggested it to me, and if I wasn't already in love with her, I would be after reading Niagara Falls All Over Again. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by t. a.
When I read the review on the cover hailing McCracken's "near-perfect timing" I didn't know what to make of it. Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by Lindsey A. Carmichael
I have to add my view to counter those who found no story that jumped off the page here. For me, this is one of the truly great novels I have ever experienced. Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by TH