One of  Booklist's Top Ten First Novels of 2013

 “Absolutely gorgeous… Southwood’s beautifully constructed novel, so psychologically acute, is a meditation on loss in every sense.” 

 The New York Times 


“This poignant début novel…delivers a powerful portrait of grief.”  

 The New Yorker 

“Southwood's poignantly penetrating examination of the psychic cost of survival is breathtaking in its depth of understanding, mesmerizing in its delicate handling of sensitive emotions." Booklist (starred review)

"Stunning first novel… Southwood’s approach is resolutely realist.”   Financial Times
“A story that in its almost painful simplicity could be a parable for our uncertain economic times.”  

 The Sunday Telegraph
“Inexorably, tragedy spawns tragedy in Falling to Earth. It’s the poise with which Southwood approaches it that makes it so heartbreaking.”  
The Chicago Reader

“What’s most exciting about Southwood’s debut is her prose, reminiscent of Willa Cather’s in its ability to condense the large, ineffable melancholy of the plains into razor-sharp images.”  The Daily Beast

“Southwood grounds abstract notions of faith, community, luck, and heritage in the conflicted thoughts of her distinct and finely realized characters.”   Publishers Weekly
“Southwood’s prose is vibrant and clear, and Falling to Earth’s thrilling opening immediately draws in the reader with its brutal depiction of the power of nature.”   


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