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3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5 3.30 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marisa de los Santos Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780062099709
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“Her writing is both vividly descriptive and surprisingly insightful.”
Boston Globe

“It’s the three-dimensional men, women, and children who populate her fiction that I’ll remember for a very long time.”
Nancy Pearl’s Picks

Following the phenomenal success of her novels Love Walked In and Belong to Me, New York Times bestselling author Marisa de los Santos returns with Falling Together, an emotionally resonant, powerfully moving, and pitch perfect novel about friends, family, and love. Truly modern women’s fiction at its finest, this is the unforgettable tale of a remarkable friendship that ended abruptly, only to be resurrected in great need years later at a college reunion, launching three formerly devoted companions and reluctant family members alike on a sobering, enlightening journey across the world and through the past. Brimming with the author’s trademark wit, vivid prose, and captivating characterizations, Falling Together brilliantly explores our deepest human connections and confirms Marisa de los Santos as one of America’s most exciting contemporary novelists.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By the book’s end, humanity is discovered in the unlikeliest places, and Cornelia learns that tempting as it is, you can’t always judge a woman by her hairstyle.”

    New York Times

  • “A satisfying novel about friends rediscovering one another—and confronting unwelcome truths—at their college reunion.” 

    People

  • “With its vividly drawn characters [and] plausible plot developments, [Falling Together is] another triumph for the author of Belong to Me.” 

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “The mix of perfectly realized personalities and genuine emotion make this a winner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Falling Together] is a good, solid read that succeeds in being both funny and heartbreaking. De los Santos has a knack for best-friend banter and stays true to the emotions involved in letting go of treasured relationships.” 

    Booklist

  • Falling Together explores the ways our familial relationships and friendships affect who we are and who we’re becoming…the appeal of de los Santos’ books remains the intimacy with which the reader gets to know each character.” 

    BookPage

  • “Readers who enjoy the connection forged through the ties of family and friendships should find much to savor in de los Santos’ comforting, leisurely paced novel.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla | 2/6/2014

    " The plot line itself is pretty good, but it becomes almost nauseatingly clear that the author is a poet by nature and has a PhD in creative writing. Nice things, yes, but when you just want to read a good story, such traits and academic achievements can crowd out the narrative, as the writing becomes more about "look how much I know" rather than "let me entertain you with this tale." There are places where the lofty metaphors and descriptions are overkill: "Isn't it as though that rice field satisfies some little piece of your soul that's been waiting for that specific shade of green all your life, without your knowing it?" Who talks that way? I didn't mind it so much in Love Walked In or Belong to Me, mainly because I attributed it to being a part of the main character Cornelia's personality. But it seems to be a part of most of the characters' personalities in Falling Together--three best friends who all happened to major in English--causing you to feel the author's presence (not a plus). I'm all for writing what you know, but I should not get the impression that the author is talking about her own island vacation while reading about a character's island vacation. Also, I never fully bought the characters' motives. Final peeve: the trio's names (Pen, Will, and Cat) started to drive me a little batty. Too cutesy or something, I don't know. Anyway, all harshness aside, I did enjoy much of the book, it's just not one I would care to own or reread. A solid "liked it." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raina | 2/5/2014

    " SO, SO GOOD! This is de los Santos' third book, and each one is better than the last. It's a very contemporary book with iphones and email and such, and she writes in a very informal way. However, the prose is brilliant. Her little observations about life had me thinking "that's so true!" and "she's so right on" and "what an amazing way to describe that feeling" on nearly every page. I definitely, definitely recommend this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate Mayberry | 2/3/2014

    " I was so psyched to read this book. LOVED her first two books. I hate to deny it, but I didn't get as wrapped up in her characters like I thought I would. Her character development is amazing. Each character is lovable and flawed, but the story line just didn't deliver the goods. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liana | 1/25/2014

    " I read this book in about 3 days. Part suspenseful mystery, part romance, and with great quirky dialogue between the main characters. I actually felt my skin go cold at the intense "resolution" scene. Underlying themes of presence vs. absence, friends and family, gains and losses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan Stephens | 1/19/2014

    " Over-dramatic story line, but interesting, well-developed characters and witty dialogue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/12/2014

    " This book, by any other author, would probably have gotten 3 stars. But because it was by Marisa de los Santos, who wrote two of my very favorite books, it had way too much to live up to. I thought it started strong but then it totally lost me in the middle. Not only did it completely stall, at that point, but I thought the relationship of the 3 friends became unbearably annoying and cliquey. Instead of loving them for how "special" their relationship was (something that was continually told to us, and not shown to us), I simply felt excluded. The last part was okay and redeemed the book a bit, but by then, I had lost interest - evidenced by how long it took me to finish this book and the resulting $1.40 library fine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 1/12/2014

    " It's really a 3.5 but since they don't let you, I have to go to 3. She has a nice way with words, and it was a pretty good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Junkans | 12/30/2013

    " I prefer this author's other books. Great writing, but I didn't really like the character, Cat, who the other characters went across the world to find. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doneen | 12/14/2013

    " I liked the other 2 books by this author much more than this one. I founds the characters irritating, and the book seemed like a vehicle for the author to show off her idea of snappy dialogue. Very disappointing compared to her other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethann | 12/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed the book until the last 30ish pages.Took a twist that you kind of expected but was just down right odd in how the character delt with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 11/24/2013

    " Pretty good, but I found myself skipping through a lot of the pages with descriptions of the trip they took. I love her writing style, but I think this one had a lot more "fluff" than her others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 11/19/2013

    " Laugh out loud funny, but very moved too. Loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lartemis | 9/20/2013

    " I enjoyed this...not a five star enjoyment, but pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miko Lee | 8/19/2013

    " Fun novel of old trio of college friends torn apart and brought back together again. Along the way they learn about themselves their quirks and their relationships to each other and those around them. Feels like old familiar friends like each of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 8/2/2013

    " not good literature, not believable, not an important book in any way. but very enjoyable reading..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 7/22/2013

    " I so like her writing. Perhaps a bit obvious in places and too neatly wrapped up but so what? It's lovely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karly | 6/29/2013

    " Just couldn't get interested in it, or relate to any of the characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 6/14/2013

    " This started slowly and didn't hold my interest for a while. It eventually improved - and the characters were good. Not quite as good as her first two books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 6/8/2013

    " I enjoyed her other two books more and thought this didn't get going until the last few chapters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keryn | 5/21/2013

    " Loved, loved, loved this book! The character development was great and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Sparkles | 4/20/2013

    " Really a perfect book. A touching, charming and often funny story about friendship, growing up, finding, losing and finding love again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Via | 3/14/2013

    " Loved her other books, but this one took some getting into. Too much remembering, not enough actually happening. My love for the author kept me into it until it got good--which took several hundred pages--but otherwise I probably would have given up. Last 100 or so were very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Cronk | 12/1/2012

    " I listened to the audio book. The plot was a thin so it seemed too long. I am not sure if the storyline deserved an entire book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 11/12/2012

    " I enjoyed the plot. I hated the way it was written. Descriptions and tangents!!! book could have been half the length "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/21/2012

    " This was a good read, but not nearly as good as the other 2 books by this author. The use of the word 'cluck' as an alternative to a swear word was really really annoying. But other than that, it was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 3/23/2012

    " Santos uses such unique phrases in her writing. This story was not a fabulous story but the way she tells it is fabulous. Her descriptions of things - you can almost see them. Her descriptions of emotions - you can almost feel them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 2/16/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I loved friendships in this book and how this book ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/8/2011

    " It took 120 pages before this book went anywhere. I found it confusing since she kept switching back from past to present. It ended up being ok! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 11/6/2011

    " I was really disappointed with this one. I was interested by the premise but found the plot dragging and the characters unlikable. There was too much going on and it was all a little far fetched for my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstin | 11/4/2011

    " I just feel like the author and I could be friends. I feel like when I am reading her books, we have the same thoughts. I really liked this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 11/3/2011

    " Not my favourite Marisa de los Santos book. I thought it jumped around too much and the characters were a bit two dimensional. I did however like the philosophy of the book. Live today and love with all you have, even if it isn't returned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 11/2/2011

    " more like a 3.9. i did like it a lot and kept picking it up waiting to see what would happen, but misses a little. nothing will touch her first book, Love Walked In. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 11/2/2011

    " i was about halfway thru before i really felt invested in the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 11/2/2011

    " I was so psyched to read this book. LOVED her first two books. I hate to deny it, but I didn't get as wrapped up in her characters like I thought I would. Her character development is amazing. Each character is lovable and flawed, but the story line just didn't deliver the goods. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 10/30/2011

    " Not my kind of book and it was probably predictable and a bit sappy but I loved it anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/21/2011

    " I enjoy this author. True, everything reads as if it were scripted (no one really talks the way she says people do), but they're lovely confections nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 10/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this story. Great literature, it's not, but it kept my interest as the author explored the unique relationship of three college friends. "

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About the Author
Author Marisa de los Santos

Marisa de los Santos is the New York Times bestselling author of Love Walked In, Belong to Me, and Falling Together. She has also published a poetry collection called From the Bones Out.

About the Narrator

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.