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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Hellenga Narrator: David Birney, Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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The Fall of the Sparrow is the story of a family's struggle to heal itself after the violent death of its oldest daughter. At the heart is Alan Woody Woodhall, a classics professor at a small mid-western college, whose beloved oldest daughter, Cookie, is killed during a terrorist bombing. Woody finds himself standing in the cemetery where Cookie is buried, convinced that life has taught him all the lessons he has to learn. His wife has left him, and his two remaining daughters have grown up and moved away. Yet a new life, which Woody both longs for and resists, begins with his decision to attend the trial of the terrorists responsible for his daughter's death. And as Woody gradually emerges from his sorrow, returning to Italy and the scene of the tragedy, he also awakens to new love.

In The Fall of a Sparrow, Robert Hellenga offers us insights into the emotional lives of both men and women, Italian cuisine, and reintroduces us to the world's great literary classics, with time with time out for some hot licks on a National Steel Guitar. The Fall of the Sparrow is filled with humor and mischief, and pleasure despite its somber subject. This is a rich and unforgettable story about embracing life in the face of loss. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/16/2014

    " this book has been on my shelves for maybe over a year, but i just now got in the mood to start it. i can't tell yet whether i'll like it or not.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/14/2014

    " After reading Sixteen Pleasures, i decided to see what else this author had written. He again reveals his understanding the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Alan, a classics professor is convinced his life is over and has learned all of lifes lessons. His oldest daughter is killed in a terrorist bombing in Italy, his wife leaves him and his 2 remaining daughters move away. He attends the trial and returns to the scene. A compelling story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/14/2014

    " I loved so much about this book.... Its depictions of Italy were so visual and sensual. There are several scenes that I still remember and a smile comes to my face. One is that of preparation of dinner in an Italian friend's kitchen. It is a sumptuous sensual mouth-watering scene of making the pasta and discussing how much food is like a beautiful woman or some such lucious metaphor.... Another wonderful scene is the description of a friend who deals in oriental carpets. When a shipment gets damaged, he orders that all the carpets be spread out on a huge outdoor space and then be washed and dried. Wonderful Imagery! I loved this book - even the bats in the house back in the midwest. It is so rich in imagery and delight. He's a good writer and he knows Italy - or at least enough about Italy to convince me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent, a professor's daughter is killed in Italy in a terrorist attack and it describes the 7+ years after and the toll it takes on his family, etc. He is a college professor at a college in Illinois, and he heads to the trial of the accusers when they finally are tried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/29/2014

    " Different. Interesting. Looking forward to read more by this author, and Knox College professor! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Herman | 1/23/2014

    " Classics professor sounds the depths of loss and new life. Not great literature but an entertaining and meaningful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 1/21/2014

    " This novel spans the range of human emotion. It is at times whacky and hilarious and at other times sinks to the depths of despair. The writing can best be described as lyrical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/17/2014

    " dont remember when i read this or if i liked it but i did read it. "

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

    " I felt this book was ok. It didn't grab my attention. The story didn't seem to have a climax. I also didn't like all the sentences in Greek and Italian since I didn't know what they meant, so I just skim those parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marnie | 11/30/2013

    " don't really know what I was expecting from this book, but it was nothing like I expected...the characters were whiny for the most part, and the plot (such as it was) didn't really pick up till the second half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chandra | 11/9/2013

    " really rich, multi-layered story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bevhuckabagmail.com | 11/2/2013

    " Hellenga is an english Professor at Knox College, Galesburg, IL. I think he's a very good writer. This is the story about a college professor and his family and how the death of a child turns their lives around. I thought this was a very good book with good character study of the family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 8/31/2013

    " I liked this book, but it was too long- could have used some editing. The premise that things that happen in life, however bad must and can be absorbed,is a good one. There is much to learn about American experience of Italian culture- that it isn't always a pleasant tour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 8/31/2013

    " It could have been a good book, but too many distractions in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanie | 6/17/2013

    " I like the religious overtones and the wife becoming a nun. I know the hero is a male pig in many ways, but he appeals to me nonetheless and this is one of my favorite books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 6/4/2013

    " Love it, so far. Funny, poignant, well written, great sense of atmosphere. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/12/2013

    " I really loved the first two thirds, but then it sort of fell apart at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 12/16/2012

    " A story about a family falling apart, philosophy, and finally forgiveness. Took some time to get into it. Not an easy book to get into, but it got better as it went along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spatzmollah Lebon | 6/13/2012

    " I found this comforting and simply beautiful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jess | 4/7/2012

    " For me to rate something this low is really saying something. I was very excited about this book but it definitely disappointed. You may not want to risk the disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 9/11/2011

    " Quite a magnificent and affecting novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 6/19/2011

    " well written book about a midwestern family dealing with all the emotions of losing a child during a terrorist bombing in Italy...the main character is Alan Woodhull, "Woody", a classics professor at a small mid-western college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/23/2011

    " Love it, so far. Funny, poignant, well written, great sense of atmosphere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 8/22/2010

    " I liked this book, but it was too long- could have used some editing. The premise that things that happen in life, however bad must and can be absorbed,is a good one. There is much to learn about American experience of Italian culture- that it isn't always a pleasant tour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/2/2010

    " Engaging story although some parts seemed to drag. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 2/2/2010

    " It could have been a good book, but too many distractions in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 1/7/2010

    " Hellenga's prose ranks him high on the list of current writers, and I mostly enjoyed reading "The Fall of a Sparrow". My main reservation about the book is that for me it border's on a male version of chick-lit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bevhuckabagmail.com | 8/27/2009

    " Hellenga is an english Professor at Knox College, Galesburg, IL. I think he's a very good writer. This is the story about a college professor and his family and how the death of a child turns their lives around. I thought this was a very good book with good character study of the family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemarie | 7/25/2009

    " Very well written. A lot of research obviously went into it. A little too much Latin though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 7/4/2009

    " Quite a magnificent and affecting novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 5/13/2009

    " This is a story of how a family is emotionally "blown a part" after their college age daughter is literally blown up in the train station bombing in Italy in the 80's. I wanted to strangle the main character "Woody" most of the time, but one copes in whatever way one can cope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spatzmollah | 5/5/2009

    " I found this comforting and simply beautiful. "

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About the Author

Robert Hellenga was educated at the University of Michigan and Princeton. He is a professor at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and the author of the novels The Sixteen Pleasures, The Fall of a Sparrow, Blues Lessons, Philosophy Made Simple, Snakewoman of Little Egypt, and The Italian Lover.