The Falconer: Book summary and reviews of The Falconer by Dana Czapnik

The Falconer

A Novel

by Dana Czapnik

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The Falconer by Dana Czapnik
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    Jan 29, 2019
    288 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Told in vibrant, quicksilver prose, The Falconer is a coming-of-age story, providing a snapshot of the city and America through the eyes of the children of the baby boomers grappling with privilege and the fading of radical hopes.

New York, 1993. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts. At turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self-possessed, Lucy is in unrequited love with her best friend and pick-up teammate Percy, scion to a prominent New York family who insists he wishes to resist upper crust fate.

As she navigates this complex relationship with all its youthful heartache, Lucy is seduced by a different kind of life—one less consumed by conventional success and the approval of men. A pair of provocative female artists living in what remains of New York’s bohemia invite her into their world, but soon even their paradise begins to show cracks.

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"Starred Review. Coming-of-age in Manhattan may not have been done this brilliantly since Catcher in the Rye. That comparison has been made before, but this time, it’s true. Get ready to fall in love." - Kirkus Reviews

"A literary page-turner brimming with intelligence, energy, and wit, centered on an unforgettable young heroine that will thrill readers of all generations" - Colum McCann

"Smart, tough, an extraordinary athlete, Lucy Adler teeters, zealous and baffled, on the cusp of womanhood. Dana Czapnik’s frank heroine has a voice, and a perspective, you won’t soon forget. The Falconer is an exhilarating debut." - Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl and The Woman Upstairs

"A deeply affecting tale of a young woman coming of age in a man's world. All the characters feel authentic and unique, and its protagonist, Lucy Adler, jumps right off the page...Lucy's journey into adulthood will be especially resonant with today’s readers.” - Salman Rushdie, author of The Golden House and Midnight’s Children

"An unsentimental education in all that is urgent, soulful and intimate. As much the portrait of an era as it is the portrait of an adolescence, this is a crossover novel that will thrill readers of all generations. The Falconer captures the grueling, exhilarating pathos of one woman’s quest to become whole. A wonderful debut." - Colum McCann, author of Thirteen Ways of Looking and Let The Great World Spin

"Meet Lucy Adler. As I read The Falconer, I felt like I'd found a literary cousin of Holden Caulfield--if Holden were a straight-shooting, hip-hop-listening, court-dominating, seventeen-year-old Jewish-Italian girl. Dana Czapnik has crafted a wholly original coming-of-age story. In basketball terms, The Falconer is a fearless three-point shot." - Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists and The Anatomy of Dreams

"Told with a poet's ear and a basketball player's eye and reflexes, The Falconer is an extraordinary book...Every detail feels true and important, every small observation tells a larger story. A wonderful new talent." - Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances and American Innovations

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Dana Czapnik

Dana Czapnik is a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2017, she was awarded an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction. Czapnik earned her MFA at Hunter College where she was recognized with a Hertog Fellowship. She’s spent most of her career on the editorial side of professional sports including stints at ESPN the Magazine, the United States Tennis Association, and the Arena Football League. A native New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.

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