Falling Through the Earth

A Memoir

Danielle Trussoni

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One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year
 
From her charismatic father, Danielle Trussoni learned how to rock and roll, outrun the police, and never shy away from a fight. Spending hour upon hour trailing him around the bars and honky-tonks of La Crosse, Wisconsin, young Danielle grew up fascinated by stories of her dad's adventures as a tunnel rat in Vietnam, where he'd risked his life crawling head first into narrow passageways to search for American POWs.
 
A vivid and poignant portrait of a daughter's relationship with her father, this funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully written memoir "makes plain that the horror of war doesn't end in the trenches" (Vanity Fair).

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FALLING THROUGH THE EARTH
ONEWinter of '85, and we were on the run.Dad veered the truck into an alley, cut across a parking lot, and merged with traffic running alongside the frozen Mississippi. "Cops don't come down this road," he said, checking the rearview mirror. "If they're here, it's because they followed us." My father was prone to paranoia, but the police were real. We'd been picked up twice for drunk driving that year. After the last arrest, he'd lost his license. We tried to keep a low profile, but the cops knew our truck and where we lived--Those sons-of-bitches got nothing to do

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"The affection, respect, and humor [Danielle Trussoni] brings to the task of revealing this complicated individual [her father] is testimony both to her creative abilities and to the generosity of her spirit."--The New York Times Book Review
 
"Vivid and engrossing . . . a wonderfully complex and penetrating book. This is an accomplished debut from a writer with many talents."--Chicago Tribune
 
"A richly textured history and timely reminder that a war's victims aren't limited to those in uniform nor demarcated by geography."--Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead
 
"A heartbreaking story of missed connections . . . this excellent memoir is much more than the sum of its parts."--People (four stars)
 
"Powerful . . . Her book is a captivating triumph."--The Capital Times (Wisconsin)
 
"In the hard-hitting and affectionate Falling Through the Earth,  Danielle Trussoni, whose father was never able to shed his memories of Vietnam, traces how trauma is passed from generation to generation."--Vogue
 
"A rich vein of material, and [Trussoni’s] handling of it is deft . . . A moving memoir that flows like the best fiction but that has the punch of real life."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
"Trussoni’s memories of a hard-knocks childhood are vivid and spiky, and she relays her father’s war stories with convincing bravado."--Boston Sunday Globe

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Danielle Trussoni

Danielle Trussoni grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Falling Through the Earth
A Memoir
Danielle Trussoni

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Picador
February 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312426569
ISBN10: 0312426569
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$17.00

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February 2007
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ISBN: 9781466818743
ISBN10: 1466818743
256 pages
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