Excerpt from

Falling in Parts

Alex Gulis

Richard Stim has written for Newsday, InterviewSpin MagazineAudioFile, and California Living. He is the author of numerous legal books and a middle-grade mystery series, and he is a founding member of two bands, MX-80 Sound and Angel Corpus Christi. He lives with his wife in a houseboat in Sausalito.

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Rita Bullwinkle's Commentary

“Falling in Parts” does the magic of great fiction—it uses the narratively familiar (a fraught love affair, a dramatic plane crash, a humiliating school play) and liberates it from the banal to make the cliché resonant and strange. This strangeness of the familiar is accomplished through the repetition and reshuffling of images. We, the reader, are startled to see things we know in unfamiliar places. A parachute deployed from a nose-diving plane is made out of a human heart, and then, later, a human heart is made out of a rabbit. In both instances, though we know all the images at play, their company—and the way we encounter them—is startling and dramatic. “Falling in Parts” is an innovative and tragic story that communicates the trappings of a ruinous love affair with novel eloquence.


Alex Gulis

in conversation with

Timothy Cech

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