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"The Fall To Freedom is very hard hitting. Readers will enjoy following along his adventures/misadventures and be glad that it is his story, not their own...highly recommended." - Reader Views

About the Author

Mike Walzman's work has been published in several publications such as: BCN Week, We Feel Pretty, Zine Columbia and Feathertale. "The Fall To Freedom" is his debut novel. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Awry Books (August 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615674216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615674216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,350,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Walzman's work is in numerous pubications, including: BCN Week, We Feel Pretty, Zine Columbia, RA, Installation Magazine and Feathertale. "The Fall To Freedom" is his debut novel. He lives in Los Angeles.

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I absolutely loved this book! Without a doubt, it was a fun read that kept me up long after I normally go to bed, but more than that, I grew to really care about the main character and was rooting for him to find happiness and succeed.

Bix might come from an affluent background but you can see that he is trying desperately to make it on his own and find his own path. He is incredibly self-aware and determined to overcome his demons and that is why it is so easy to root for him. I thought the book left just enough to the imagination to allow the reader to create their own world and the story ends at the perfect place (both as a stand-alone novel and potentially as book one to a sequel---I'm rooting for the latter so that I can see what happens next to this amazing character!)

All in all, I am incredibly impressed by this first-time novelist. The writer clearly knows how to tell a good story and it seems to come effortlessly to him, as you never get that feeling that his prose are "trying too hard."

Buy this book! You won't regret it!
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A fantastic work! Walzman unabashedly takes his audience deep into the mind of Bix Freedman, a tormented, yet endearing young man who like many twenty-somethings, is trying desperately to find his place in the world. Set against the backdrop of Los Angeles' moneyed Westside, Walzman vividly portrays a society that while tidy to outsiders, has an underbelly of its own. As Bix attempts feverishly, and at times humorously, to become successful and battle the temptations raging around him, readers will resonate with his character on a profoundly human level. A must-read for anyone who's ever been young, dumb, and dying to live.
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This semi-autobiographical novel was written, thankfully, without the self-consciousness of imagining one's mother or teacher as future readers. Luckily, I've read Brett Easton Ellis (an obvious comparison) and Burroughs, so I'm not shocked by the drugs. And I've read Henry Miller and Elfriede Jelinek, so I'm not scandalized by the sex.

I don't know if I can evaluate this book objectively, but I know that it killed me in all the right ways. The suffering of being young, suffering that rich kids are not exempt from, the self-doubt and self-criticism, the easy access to the harder path, the trauma and drama of first loves that turned out not to be love after all, at least not love like you would want it when your own need for drama faded. We only know the interior life of the narrator, Bix, in this novel, but that is part of the power of Walzman's portrayal of the hopelessness and helplessness of all of the characters. There are a few brief conversations where another character reveals some suffering, but mostly everyone keeps a little distance and suffers internally. Most of the relationships in the novel remain on the surface because all of the characters are guarded. No one in the book is doing well, even those whose experiences would indicate otherwise. Bix noticed this early on. "I found it interesting that my druggie friends stayed in L.A. and my less-druggie friends left to go to four-year universities. I wondered what that said about us."

Even the mother, who is trying to love her son and help him through addiction, and who has probably cried and suffered in private, and who has probably consulted with professionals and all of her friends, maintains a careful, professional demeanor while she holds her son accountable.

This is a great book. It got under my skin, affected my dreams. I'm proud of this young author's debut novel and will look forward to the next one.
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this book is a lot of fun, especially if you live in los angeles and recognize all of the neighborhoods and streets where the story takes place. the story is quite seXXXual, so if that makes you uncomfortable then this might not be the best book for you. otherwise, it was a fun, quick read, perfect for a weekend by the pool or a long plane ride. it definitely kept my attention the entire time and i found myself not wanting to put it down. the only thing about it that i found to be somewhat disappointing was the ending - it was rather abrupt and i didn't feel like i got much closure to the story. it didn't really match the flow of the rest of the book... but i'm hoping that means the story isn't actually over, and that a sequel is on the way :)
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This book had my attention from the first few pages, stayed on the couch reading until I finished it ( I am 62, mother of two daughters, 36 and 26, one son 29 ).
All three went to a private school in Santa Monica, California although this story could take place in "any town" USA.
I do have to say .... some parts were a bit shocking, and hard to read (most likely due to my age...) ! But a must read for all parents in todays world, even if your child is a straight A or B student, or a star on a sports team at school.
You never know ( even when you think you do) what is really going on in their lives.......they can be amazingly adept at fooling you.
Trust me.
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