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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.