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The Way It Felt to Be Falling Summary
Kim Edwards

Everything you need to understand or teach The Way It Felt to Be Falling by Kim Edwards.

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The Way It Felt to Be Falling Summary

Introduction

"The Way It Felt to Be Falling," by Kim Edwards, was first published in the Threepenny Review, although it received greater exposure when it was reprinted in the author's first and only book—The Secrets of a Fire King—in 1997. Edwards wrote the story as part of her first fiction workshop that she took in college, but revised it several times over the next decade as she honed her writing skills through creative writing programs and personal experience. Like many of Edwards's stories, "The Way It Felt to Be Falling" features a strong female protagonist. Kate is a nineteen-year-old woman who is working to save up money for college, and who hangs out drinking and shooting pool with her unstable boyfriend, Stephen, in her off time. Kate gets talked into going skydiving, an event that helps her overcome her fears of going mad like her father. In...

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