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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (70 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Hall Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In his new novel, Brian Hall turns to the life of Robert Frost, arguably America’s most well-known poet. Frost, as both a man and an artist, was toughened by a hard life. His own father died when Frost was eleven; his only sibling, a sister, had to be institutionalized; and of his five children, one died before the age of four, one committed suicide, one went insane, and one died in childbirth.

Told in short chapters, each of which presents an emblematic incident with intensity and immediacy, Hall’s novel deftly weaves together the earlier parts of Frost’s life with his final year, 1962, when, at age eighty-eight and under the looming threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he made a visit to Russia and met with Nikita Khrushchev.

As Hall shows, Frost determined early on that he would not succumb to the tragedies life threw at him. The deaths of his children were forms of his own death from which he resurrected himself through poetry—for him, the preeminent symbol of man’s form-giving power.

A searing, exquisitely constructed portrait of one man’s rages, guilt, paranoia, and sheer, defiant persistence, as well as an exploration of why good people suffer unjustly and how art is born from that unanswerable question, Fall of Frost is a magnificent work that further confirms Hall’s status as one of the most talented novelists at work today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hall gets deep into Frost’s head, an approach that brings a startling immediacy to a complex figure many know only as the author of classics like ‘The Road Not Taken.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An ambitious and unusual project, a novel that limits itself to documented moments of Robert Frost’s life, including actual dialogue and excerpts from poems and letters…It is Frost’s famously intimate understanding of nature that Hall conveys most lucidly.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Don | 12/9/2013

    " Random scenes of the poet's life, culled from other bios. Read the poems (largely not included here) instead. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Apryl | 12/6/2013

    " I actually didn't finish. I can appreciate what the writer was trying to accomplish, but the writing and format of the story (fragmented story lines jumping all over time and place) was tiresome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paulette Ponte | 6/5/2013

    " I read this book for my reading group and found that I really liked it. The style of writing was somewhat different, but I thought it left me wondering but never bored. I would like to read more about Robert Frost after reading this fictional account of his life (mostly based on facts). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Selma | 2/23/2013

    " Gorgeous and intelligent historical fiction. "

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About the Author

Brian Hall is the author of the novels Madeleine’s WorldThe Saskiad, and the acclaimed story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company, as well as three books of nonfiction. His journalism has appeared in Time, the New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine.