Falling Through the Earth
Danielle Trussoni
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Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir
Danielle Trussoni
256 pages
February 2007
rated 3 of 5 possible stars
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In Danielle Trussoniís debut, Falling Through The Earth: A Memoir, she interweaves her own tale of growing up along with the story of her Vietnam veteran father and their relationship together. Told in a non-linear fashion, Falling Through The Earth jumps around from chapter to chapter, going back and forth from the past to the present in what turns out to be a thin and somewhat dull memoir. There is an interesting aspect to her fatherís story being a Vietnam ďtunnel rat,Ē but sadly, there isnít much to Danielleís own experiences. The book opens up with her father on the run from the cops with her in the car with him.

ďMy father was running from the police, from his first ex-wife, his creditors, and his dreams. He was running from his second ex-wife (my mother), his illegitimate children, and his past. He was running from himself, and I was right there with him, an eleven-year-old accomplice to his evenings of escape. I had been at his side for the last year, since my mother divorced us. Mom kept the house and my younger sister and brother; Dad kept me. No matter how far or fast we ran, I was there. I was all he had left.Ē
Falling Through The Earth isnít a bad book. The writing is solid, but the overall feel is a bit contrived for the sake of pulling on heartstrings. There is also what seems like a bit of confabulation with the stalker in sunglasses angle, which leaves a funny taste in your mouth - that itís the kind of tall tale overheard at family reunions, conventions, or two guys shooting the breeze while having a drink in a bar. That might be a good thing. This is a quick read, clocking in at 256 pages. And it is technically sound, but that doesnít mean it is all that entertaining. Overall, Falling Through The Earth gets a passing grade for a decent first effort. Maybe you can relate to her plight or find enjoyment in the Vietnam angle, but take it all with a grain of salt.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Bobby Blades, 2006

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