Item description for The Law of Falling Bodies by Duff Brenna...
Fifteen-year-old Virgil Foggy is trying to survive on a failing dairy farm in Minnesota. Virgil's mother is pregnant-an unwelcome addition to the family. Virgil's older brother joins the army and goes to war, but warfare is also close to home, much of it between Virgil and his stepfather. The Law of Falling Bodies is a novel about the schizophrenic, ubiquitous, and cyclical nature of all wars within and between men, women, and nations.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 4, 2007
Publisher Hopewell Publications
ISBN 1933435186 ISBN13 9781933435183
Availability 0 units.
More About Duff Brenna
Duff Brenna is the author of five novels, including The Book of Mamie (University of Iowa Press, 1989), which won the Associated Writing Programs Award. His other novels are The Holy Book of the Beard (Doubleday/Nan Talese 1996); Too Cool (Doubleday/ Nan Talese, 1998), a New York Times Notable Book; The Altar of the Body (Picador USA, 2001); and The Willow Man (Wykin de Worde, 2005). His books have been translated into German, Dutch, Finnish, Danish, and Hebrew. Brenna is a recipient of an National Endowment of the Arts grant, Milwaukee Magazine's Fiction Award for the short story "Cristobell," and a Pushcart Honorable Mention for the first chapter of The Altar of the Body. His work has appeared in several magazines and literary journals, including Cream City Review, Sou'wester, the Madison Review, the Northern Review, The Nebraska Review, The Literary Review, and Web del Sol. An adolescent rebel, and self-described "juvenile delinquent," Brenna is an Army veteran, whose life took a once unimagined turn for the positive due to his persistence, commitment, and love of reading and writing. A Minnesota native, Brenna once tried his hand at owning and running a Wisconsin dairy farm. He is currently a free-lance writer living in Sun City, CA.
Duff Brenna currently resides in San Diego, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Law of Falling Bodies?
A Powerful and Affecting Novel Dec 9, 2007
Duff Brenna, who has won numerous awards for his fiction, including the AWP Best Novel Award and a New York Times notable book mention, brings us his sixth novel The Law of Falling Bodies, and it is simply wonderful. The range of narrative tactics includes free indirect discourse, epistolary sections, and good ol' traditional psychological realism. And what's more impressive is how seamlessly and naturally these various tactics work together to make for a page-turning read.
Duff Brenna has been writing some of the best fiction in America for decades. Hopefully this excellent new novel will bring him more the readership he greatly deserves.
The Power of Character Sep 18, 2007
Nothing Duff Brenna does in literature will surprise me any more. Long underrated, one can only hope that this amazing new novel, "The Law of Falling Bodies," finally gets Brenna the full recognition he deserves. You can virtually taste Brenna's settings, along with the hopelessness inherent in every fallen leaf or the draining soul of each character -- no matter how insignificant. And yet I'd be leading you astray to portray this as a bleak or depressing novel. The immutable spirit found in the most forlorn of characters soars under Brenna's hand and his humor is as unflinching as anything found by Harry Crews, high praise from me. And war, which seems to be the common denominator of each American generation, is given the fitting importance it deserves - all in the trenches of the minds of the Foggy family. Duff Brenna is as fine a fiction writer that we have working today and "The Law of Falling Bodies" is a high entry in the canon of American fiction. Bravo!
An unforgettable reading experience. Sep 6, 2007
Award-winning author Duff Brenna presents The Law of Falling Bodies, a novel examining the cyclical nature of wars between men, women, and countries. Fifteen-year-old Virgil Foggy is trying to eke out a living on a failing dairy farm in Minnesota. Virgil's mother is pregnant, with a potential sibling the family cannot afford to raise; Virgil's brother has joined the army and departed abroad, yet war for Virgil is a daily reality with his stepfather at home. At times grim bordering on gruesome, The Law of Falling Bodies is punctuated with stark emotional coldness, even slaughter as reflected upon the merciless killing of farm animals for food. An unforgettable reading experience.