The darkly beautiful novelistic memoir of a childhood spent in the shadow of a domineering, abusive father.
Finds the language for a story that is almost impossible to tell ~ De Volkskrant
A memoir ultimately as uplifting as it is harrowing ~ The New European
Falling is like Flying by Manon Uphoff
This is a story she never wanted to tell, but in the end she had no choice. When her older sister dies at the age of sixty-nine, it brings back a past the author thought she had left behind. Incensed, she delves back into her childhood, recreating the abusive world that she grew up in, ruled over by her tyrannical father, The Minotaur.
In a narrative by turns shockingly dark and strangely beautiful, she retraces her path through the phantasmagorical labyrinth, bringing a tale of silent trauma to a triumphant, raucous conclusion. Falling is Like Flying is an extraordinary autobiographical story of abuse and resilience, a literary triumph that reminds us what language is capable of.