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The Fall [Kindle Edition]

Ryan Quinn
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Award Winning Finalist in the 'Fiction: Gay & Lesbian' category of the 2013 International Book Awards

The new school year at Florence University, nestled in the Pennsylvania countryside, dawns bright with the possibilities that only a fresh start can bring. For three students in particular, it will be a year unlike any other, one that will alter the courses of their lives forever. There is Ian, the film buff trying to figure out his life—and how to catch the eye of the football player he can’t stop fantasizing about; Casey, the local football star whose future off the field is frustratingly uncertain; and Haile, the classical-music prodigy seeking refuge from a past life so that she may start anew as a singer-songwriter. Together the trio will form a fateful friendship, recounted through alternating first-person narratives. Sexy, fast-paced, and layered with intimate insight about life’s most formative years, The Fall is a compelling and contemporary coming-of-age story about what happens when we are forced for the first time to really confront who we are and who we want to become.



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"Ryan Quinn has deftly managed to blend comedy, drama, and genuine pathos into an utterly compelling story of three friends who change one another's lives during the course of a single year at college. Improbably, the un-put-downable The Fall is Quinn's first novel. Clearly, American fiction has a lot to look forward to." - Steve Kluger, bestselling author of Last Days of Summer and Almost Like Being in Love

"Quinn's understanding of the human condition makes his first novel, "The Fall," an intriguing work. Weaving together the perspectives of three characters - a film buff fantasizing about a football player, a football star bored with his girlfriend and a burned-out classical musical prodigy - it examines their unexpected relationships at college.... It's a realistic look at contemporary friendships and coming of age, and it works because Quinn is not far removed from that world himself.” - Dan Woog, columnist and author of Jocks

"A fast-paced and sexy read, Quinn’s writing seamlessly weaves contemporary friendships and first love with intimate insight of the common struggles young adults face as they come to grips with their own independent identity." - Jase Peeples, gay.net (powered by OUT)

"The Fall is an emotional story packed with page-turning drama and characters depicted so realistically it seems like three autobiographies interwoven into one book." -PaperFrontiers.com

About the Author

Ryan Quinn attended the University of Utah, where he was an NCAA champion and an All-American athlete. After graduation, he worked for five years in New York’s book-publishing industry. A native of Alaska, he now lives in Los Angeles. The Fall is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OHEW7K
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5, but not a 4 June 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished Ryan Quinn's, The Fall, and I can't remember the last time I was this ambivalent. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't good as in goooood, either. Clearly, it was much better for many of the reviewers but here is where I am coming from.

Pros: I appreciated the author's writing style. His story telling was solid; prose was generally straight forward with a few flashes of poetical strength; a number of the characters were believable; the plot was just twisty enough to keep things interesting and me guessing; the aspects of university life were realistic (I work in higher education); the varied voices telling the story were clever and not gimmicky; the author's familiarity with the aspects of gay struggles seemed legit; though not everything resolved at the end of the book, enough did to feel a sense of satisfaction at the conclusion.

Cons: All the turns of events were a bit too neatly packaged - "coincidence" in story writing probably needs more restraint than license, lest the whole thing becomes a little too far fetched; Haile's character was the least believable...too magical, too controlled, too wild, too desirable, too calculating, too talented, too tragic; too philosophical...; the highly unlikely mid-season coaching change that brought Ian's parents to the U was clunky and forced (part of the coincidence overload); the predictable occurrences that prevented Ian from telling his parents; etc.

When I put the book in context for what it is (the author's first book), it is an impressive piece of work that is generally well written and a decent story.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More! February 9, 2011
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I found this book hard to put down, and at the end I was carrying it around, trying to grab a few moments to block everything out and get back to these very real characters. What Quinn has done is to construct a novel that is genuinely character-driven: we care about these people - and virtually all of the action flows with great naturalness from who they are, and from their inter-relationships. In addition, Quinn writes very convincing, real-feeling dialogue.

It's hard to imagine that this is a first-time novel. I look forward eagerly to see what he produces next. If I have given The Fall four stars, it is because I know there will be more, and even better books to come. I hope so. This one's a keeper!

Warmly recommended!
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So hard to put down! January 30, 2011
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I loathe the NYC subways, but I have to admit my commute went by way too fast while reading The Fall. I missed my stop on several occasions because I was so wrapped up in the amazing writing of Ryan Quinn. It is hard to believe this is a first novel. Quinn masters the voices of each of the three main characters perfectly and captures the very unique time of the undergrad years so well that I was forced into nostalgia over and over. Quinn was able to weave all of the characters stories so nicely (even the gay portion) without any one story taking over. So much more than a gay narrative!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amputated turtles move more quickly!!! June 28, 2012
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My Kindle says I'm 50% through this book, and one of the main characters is still mustering up the courage to tell his mother that he's gay. When he finally decides to meet with her for lunch and divulge the news, the author uses every cheap, cliched stunt known to writers to prevent plot development and prolong the "suspense". Needless to say, after every interruption possible, other than a sudden, unexpected tsunami blowing them all away, prevents him from speaking the truth, the lunch ends with another disappointing turn as they both walk away from each other with nothing having been said. I was very tempted to just erase this dreary book from my library, but seeing as I've invested this much time into it already, I guess I'll just try to get through it as best I can. Hopefully something of importance will finally happen in the second half of the book.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality February 25, 2011
By Conor
Format:Paperback
The Fall reminded me of The Rules of Attraction, but it takes itself much more seriously. The characters are realistic, the journey believable, and the message clear. Quinn writes with a creative and unique style which leaves me excited for his next novel!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sophomoric August 31, 2011
By Suradit
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Obviously all the other reviews were written by people who enjoyed the book more than I did.

Actually I was enjoying it until the coincidences began to accumulate knee-deep. When Haile's mother (surprise surprise) turned out to have been the roommate of the somewhat sinister wife of Prof Gilles years ago at Radcliffe, at roughly the same time that Ian's parents were still unpacking after their (surprise surprise) move to Florence so his father could become head coach, I think I experienced amazing-coincidence-overload.

Some of the characters, e.g. the oafish Pile Driver and the nymphomaniac Black girl, were too cliché and Haile's obsession with Professor Gilles lacked motivation beyond her apparent goal of being as annoying & controlling as possible ... neither characteristic making her a very sympathetic individual.

With the exception of Haile, I found the characters to be somewhat realistic as individuals, but their interactions seemed contrived and the plot suffered from too many instances of seemingly arbitrary behaviour.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good portrayal of self-absorbed, angst-driven college students and...
I have rated this 3 stars on the grounds that it is reasonably well-written and that I'm sure much of my individual response (which would be to give the book 1 star) is personal,... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Eleanor Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars Quinn's second book which I very much enjoyed. This book was a little...
I ordered this book on the strength of Mr. Quinn's second book which I very much enjoyed. This book was a little out of my normal reading, but once I started it, well I couldn't... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Lauren Laird
3.0 out of 5 stars This is my first book review but I've read thousands ...
This is my first book review but I've read thousands if not millions! I bought this due to a Kindle special and had never read anything from this author. Read more
Published 22 days ago by susan katt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fall
How difficult it I'd to be young. One is trying to find oneself in spite of all the rhetoric thrown.
Published 24 days ago by Donna M Palacios
4.0 out of 5 stars A light, fun read
I did not have any expectations going into this book. Amazon "referred" it to me. I ended up really enjoying it. It was an easy read. Made me think of my days in college. Read more
Published 1 month ago by VA Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I just picked this book & thought it would be interesting but it totally grabbed me right away. Good story, rich characters that you find yourself drawn in.
Published 4 months ago by Gale S. Hanley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first novel
Loved the depth of the characters and interesting points of view in this novel. I found myself drawn in, wanting to know what would happen to these people who felt like friends by... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Trina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
verygood book
Published 4 months ago by Charlotte J Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, if slight read
As someone else said, more of a 3.5 but an enjoyable enough if not amazing read. I'd just come off a dark, complex, heavy and brooding read so in comparison this felt more of a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by W. Lodzinski
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read & Interesting Plot
One of those books that just reads easily, with a quietly compelling storyline. I found this book among the Amazon Prime listings some time ago, and it languished on my Kindle for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jim
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A native of Alaska, Ryan Quinn was an NCAA champion and an all-American skier while at the University of Utah. He worked for five years in New York's book-publishing industry before moving to Los Angeles, where he writes and trains for marathons. Quinn's first novel, The Fall, was a finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards. For more, please visit ryanquinnbooks.com.

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