Deb Danielle’s Debut FALLING UNDER Soars, by Deb Jess

I read an early copy of Danielle Younge-Ullman’s debut novel Falling Under on my computer last winter. I usually dislike reading so much on-screen, as I have wonky eyes that are quick to redden after too much pixilated exposure. But with Falling Under? I could. Not. Stop. Reading. I found myself wanting to both savor the story and race ahead to see how things ended for Mara, a deeply conflicted and broken but true, compelling, and fascinating character. I ignored husband and dog and urges to eat and sleep as I scrolled through page after page, devouring the story.

The story, in my opinion, is the main reason to read a book. But the real treat here is that Danielle is a kick-ass writer. She marries stellar storytelling with deft, gritty, and brave writing in a way that completely satisfied me. Though the story is told through a somewhat dark looking glass, there are moments of levity throughout: Mara’s friendship with Bernadette has some wry and fun moments, and Falling Under contains some truly witty dialogue. This haunting story of hard-won redemption and healing covers the full range of human emotions, and it stayed with me for a long time after I closed the book.

If you get a chance to hear Danielle read scenes from Falling Under (or any of her future books, because this is only the beginning of what is sure to be a long and successful career), do not miss it! I was lucky enough to hear several scenes during Danielle’s in-room rehearsal at RWA, and her reading of each selection gave me goosebumps. When she read the chosen chapter that evening at Books, Inc., I was riveted, along with the rest of the crowd.

Performer, storyteller, and writer: Danielle, I am in awe of your talents. I’m thrilled to help you celebrate your launch week!

Deb Jess

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  5. Yes, Congrats Danielle on Falling Under. I am starting Falling Under today. I am sure it will be just as good as everyone says it is.

  6. Jess, what a terrific post. You touched on everything that makes FALLING UNDER superb and now I must (somehow) hear Danielle do a reading!

  7. I had the good fortune of hearing D again last night at her launch party, which was great fun, and it is a real treat to hear her act out scenes from her own novel. She’s quite the talent!

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