The Fall of A Sparrow

The Fall of A Sparrow

Book - 1998
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"The Fall of a Sparrow examines the reawakening of life after a young woman has tragically died." "At the heart of the novel is Alan Woodhull ("Woody"), a classics professor at a small midwestern college, whose beloved oldest daughter, Cookie, is killed during a terrorist bombing in Italy. Seven years after the bombing, Woody finds himself standing in the cemetery where Cookie is buried, convinced that life has taught him all the lessons he has to learn. His wife has left him, and his two remaining daughters have grown up and moved away. Yet a new life, which Woody both longs for and resists, begins with his decision to attend the trial of the terrorists responsible for his daughter's death. And as Woody gradually emerges from his sorrow, returning to Italy and the scene of the tragedy, he also awakens to new love."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1998
ISBN: 9780684850269
0684850265
Characteristics: 463 p. ; 25 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

Classic themes of suffering and redemption in this moral tale of a man’s struggle to come to terms with the death of his daughter. When she is killed in a terrorist bomb attack in Italy, the family find their own lives torn asunder. A slightly ironic sense of humour makes this contemporary story entirely readable and rewarding, touching both heart and mind.

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JeanieG
Oct 30, 2013

I have been reading all of Robert Hellenga's novels - I started with The 16 Pleasures. He is a wonderful writer who writes about an Italy that I knew personally. He also is right on with his family portrayals and characterizations. However in this novel he throws in some sexual descriptions and references that are almost bizarre as they do not relate to or add to the passages where they are found. It is almost as if he felt he needed some sex to make the book adult.It's a wonderful story so well told I just don't get the weird sexual references.

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