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Falling Through the Earth

A Memoir

Danielle Trussoni

Picador

A New York Times Best Book of the Year
 
From her father, Danielle Trussoni learned rock and roll, how to avoid the cops, and never to shy away from a fight. Growing up, she was fascinated by stories of his adventures as a tunnel rat in Vietnam, where he risked his life crawling headfirst into holes to search for American POWs held underground. Ultimately, Danielle came to believe that when the man she adored drank too much, beat up strangers, or mistreated her mother, it was because the horror of those tunnels still lived inside him. Eventually her mom gave up and left, taking all the kids except one: Danielle. When everyone else walked away and washed their hands of Dan Trussoni, Danielle would not. Now she tells their story.
 
As Danielle trails her father through nights at Roscoe's Vogue Bar, scores of wild girlfriends, and years of bad dreams, a vivid and poignant portrait of a father-daughter relationship unlike any other emerges. Although the Trussonis are fiercely committed to each other, theirs is a love story filled with anger, stubbornness, outrageous behavior, and battle scars that never completely heal.

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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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Praise for Falling Through the Earth

"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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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.
  • Danielle Trussoni ©Kalin Ruichev
    Danielle Trussoni
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A Memoir

Danielle Trussoni

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