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  • "Beautifully detailed and rich in exceptional characterization ... Curran's novel gently reminds readers that fantasy has a place in everyone's life, and dreams can come true. Uniquely uplifting and never didactic, this is a gem." -BOOKLIST, starred review

  • "With a masterful wit and clever twists, Sheila Curran has created an intricately woven mystery. Captivating, fast-paced, no-holds-barred storytelling, DIANA LIVELY IS FALLING DOWN defies pigeon-holing. Wrestling the complexities of motherhood, loss and betrayal, politics, the environment, and theme parks, it is at once intimate, domestic, and worldly. A debut to celebrate!" -Julianna Baggott, GIRLTALK, THE MISS AMERICA FAMILY, THE MADAM

  • "Brilliant, touching, and funny as hell, Diana Lively packs a powerful punch. A poignant and biting satire of contemporary family life, American business, ivory-tower academics, and trans-Atlantic cultural differences, this spirited romp through an Englishwoman's Arizona deserves a unique place of honor on any bookshelf. Diana is one of those stories that can linger forever in one's own memory and imagination, as a reference point for every new book that comes along, or even more, for life itself. Wry, engaging, and wise beyond words, Diana is bound to delight and amaze." -Carlos Eire, 2003 National Book Award winner, WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA

  • "DIANA LIVELY IS FALLING DOWN is a terrific pick-me-up. You couldn't find two more disparate landscapes than Oxford, England and Arizona, and that's exactly what one British woman discovers when she crosses the pond to find herself a fish-out-of-water -- only to realize that for the first time in her life, this means she can stand on her own two feet. Filled with characters who make you laugh out loud even as they break your heart, this is a funny, warm, inventive, original book." -Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of VANISHING ACTS and MY SISTER'S KEEPER

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Right on, Sheila.

Word to your mother.


Julianna Baggott

i'm worried.
some strange insane twist has happened -- nationally.
thanks for posting.



If I might suggest: Instead of justifying their hate as you suggest, I think it is really "satisfying" their hate. Hate really needs no justification. Ever. It is a congruency issue if you ask me.

Ok, the Baptists if I may? I have a friend here in Minnesota who is a Lutheran pastor. Some years ago, in response to a newspaper article of some sort, a Baptist minister wrote a letter to the editor of the St. Paul paper, indicating that 6,545,360,327 people who currently roamed the Earth were indeed "doomed to Hell." My Lutheran friend wrote back claiming the number was actually closer to 6,593,421,119 and explained the larger number was due to the Baptist Minister's neglect in not including all Baptists in his calculation. Shame on me for using a generalizing illustration. I do however consider my friend's response,um,,,very,,,um,,,satisfying.

Heather Cook

Good post!

I'm a Christian and I admit I don't know the answers and in many situations I can't figure out the difference between right and wrong because there's so much grey.

But I remember line from a song:

"They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love, they will know we are Christians by our love."

(I'm also Canadian and not for sale. :))

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