Anne Provoost, translated by John Nieuwenhuizen
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A powerful, disturbing book about racial tensions, intolerance, and the seductive appeal of right-wing extremism, this story explores the difficult pathways of love, fear, anger and forgiveness.

Falling in love. Falling under the influence. Falling into temptation. Falling ill. Falling apart. Falling from grace. Lucas had no idea there were so many painful ways to fall.

Through a long summer of oppressive heat and suspense, Lucas becomes aware of many things he does not understand. What can his grandfather have done during the war to provoke such hostility in his own hometown? Why is there growing crime and tension in the neighbourhood? What is his attitude to immigrants and refugees? How should he respond to his new friend, Benoit, whose arguments confuse and compel him, or to Caitlin, with her enigmatic ways and her beautiful, sad dancing? And how should he act when the crisis comes?

A deep, disturbing book about the inexorable influence of the past on the present, the seductive power of extreme nationalism and racism, the complexities of moral and political choice, and the gulf between intentions and consequences; a haunting story of love, fear, anger and forgiveness.

Falling was first published in Belgium. It has won five major literary awards, topped bestseller lists and been translated into many languages. With her sharp prose and unswerving gaze, Anne Provoost probes personal and social dilemmas that are increasingly relevant to Australians.

Author bio:

Anne Provoost is a young writer (32) who lives in Antwerp with her husband and two young children. She has lived in the USA and speaks impeccable English. Her first book for children was translated into five languages. Falling is her second book.

Category: Young adult fiction
ISBN: 9781864484441
Awards: Winner The Lavki Award 2000 BE; Short-listed Prix du Lecteur of Mans and Sarthe 1997 FR; Winner Award for Literature of the Flemish Provinces 1996 BE; Winner The Zilveren Griffel 1995 NL; Winner The Golden Owl 1995 BE; Winner The Book Lion 1995 BE; Winner The Libris Woutertje Pieterse Award 1995 NL
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: September 1997
Page Extent: 288
Format: Book
Age: 15 - 18
Subject: Young adult fiction

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