#AusReadingMonth2020 Fall On Me (novella)
- Author: Nigel Featherstone
- Title: Fall On Me ( pg 118)
- Genre: novella
- Published: 2011
- List of Challenges 2020
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- Bingo card: TAS
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- I had so much fun reading this book!
- I even contacted the author via Twitter!
- He told me he wrote the story
- …during a month’s stay in Launceston Tasmania.
- I decided to investigate this town, its streets and iconic buildings!
- NOTE: book is perfectly paired with author’s REM playlist!!
- NOTE: …there are more songs, so read the book and keep Spotify handy!
- Radio Free Europe…is a favorite of mine in chapter 6!
- As Anna says (housemate): “it’s good to allow a bit of nostalgia into your
- …life every now and again….”
- Fall on Me is short enough to be read in one sitting.
- What’s not to love?
- A novella is still a novel and this one has
- complexity with relationships (Katelyn, Fergal)
- …and the all the subplots (Anna, surviving in Lonnie = Launceston, Tasmania)
- A novel if too long looses focus
- …but Nigel Featherstone uses compression and intensity
- …to keep this reader glued to every page!
- When I started this book about a tense father-son relationship
- I expected Lou to go into a rage
- ….similar to that of the father character in the film “Billy Elliot”.
- But, no …Lou shows the reader how hard parenting is.
- He tries with compassion “to feel with” or “to suffer with” his son.
- Main characters: Lou Bard (bar owner), his son Luke, Anna (housemate)
- Setting: Tasmania, Launceston (Lonnie)
- Timeline: 1 week
- Father (Lou): needs to protect his son from danger,
- Son (Luke): need to be his own person, coming of age
- Theme: social norms, father/son relationship, coming of age
- Title: reference to REM “Fall On Me”, Lou’s favorite song!
- 1st plot point: Lou enters the main conflict
- …he is confronted with Luke’s art installation.
- 2nd plot point: Lou feels empowered after
- …after Luke’s important decision about his art show.
- ….Lou feels everything seems to be going his way.
- 3rd plot point: Lou …feels he must be absolutely honest
- …with himself about himself after café incident.
- HINGE point: Lou must choose between
- …his wants (lies) and son’s needs (truth)
- Lou: ” I’ll never, ever let you down.”
- Climax: Opening night of Luke’s art installation!
- Resolution: How has Lou changed?
- Listening in silence can be the best means of communication.
- CH 1-2-3…Lou tells his son: “
- Character change? “…Let me show you how brave I can be.”
- …will Lou have to prove this later in the story?
- Ending:…feels like the sound of a bell ringing.
- #Bravo !!! Nigel!
Strong point: the book provides tension and suspense.
- Featherstone uses flashbacks to fill in the blanks and
- …reveal some important truth about a character’s past.
- Ch 4: the love of Lou’s life Katelyn Somers
- Ch 5: Lou is a single father caring for a one month old son
- Ch 6: Lou’s friendship with Fergal and his love of the band REM
- Ch 14: Grief is a thing with feathers….
Left a mark to on me?
- Is defined by Poe
- “as a narrative that can be read at
- one sitting of from one-half hour to two hours,
- …and that is limited to ‘a certain unique or single effect
Favorite moment: chapter 5
Trigger – Housemate Anna tells Lou that Luke is trying to tell him something:
- “It’s a puzzle, Lou, for you to work out.”
- Anna: “…if talking doesn’t work, let the silence work for you.“
Favorite moment: chapter 6 …the duties of a parent….
- Father realizes he wants to protect his son from danger….but
- “children must fly….whatever happens the boy must take to the skies.”
Favorite moment: end of chapter 18
- This reader is holding her breath…waiting for release
- …at the end in a kind of catharsis!
- Classic Aristotle!
- Luke: “...there are things he needed to do, but he didn’t elaborate.“
Favorite quote: chapter 19:
- “Ah, the nakedness of a heart,
- the nakedness of a breath,
- the nakedness of a gift”
Australia: Launceston (…my research)
- N. Featherstone told me via tweet:
- “...I wrote the novella 11 years ago
- …while spending a month in Launceston“.
- I decided to have a look at Launceston via Google!
- Wellman Street – This street is mentionend 19x
- I can only find a Welman Street in Launceston
- …perhaps Featherstone wants to keep this address purely fictional
- …or was this a typo? (Nigel?)
- Eureka Street – fictional
- Charles, Frederick, Elizabeth, Margaret, William, Frankland Street(s) – all real streets
- Balfour, Brisbane, Brougham, Wellington, York Street(s) – all real streets
- Gleadow Street is in Ivermay Tasmania, town next to Launceston
Ch 2: “Celtic Barbery”
Ch 2: “I think I’ll have a Boag’s, says Luke”
Boag’s Brewery established in 1883 in Launceston Tasmania!
- Ch 8: Lou: “No”, not there” .…the Bridge is inside him, wedged there like a bullet.