Where can a 40-ish woman turn when her marriage has gone stale and her kids treat her like an unpaid chauffeur? In Beth Riordan’s case, it’s to cyberspace. She takes a zany romp with love through wry, revelatory emails to Thomas, her handsome neighbor in a New England suburb, a travel writer in the middle of a divorce.
“Reading Claire Cook’s novel is like eating some exotic dish about which you say, ‘Wow, this is great! What’s in it?’ The ingredients here are: intelligence, humor, poignancy, revelation and, perhaps best of all, true originality. Ready to Fall seems to me to be ready to soar.”—Elizabeth Berg
“In this stunning debut novel, Claire Cook creates a whole world through one character’s one-way emails. As Beth Riordan keeps pounding her keyboard, her story accumulates layers — seasoned always with humor and heart — that build to a surprising ending that feels just right. Cook’s voice is pitch perfect. Bells rang for me on each and every page.”—Mameve Medwed
“Claire Cook’s wit and intelligence grace every page, and her narrator’s adventures are at once thought-provoking and enormously entertaining. Fresh and full of pizazz, Cook’s novel is simply irresistible.”—Helen Fremont
“In Ready to Fall, Claire Cook ingeniously shows us that e-mail is the modern diary beamed into cyberspace. Refracted at dizzying speed and with wicked, zany humor, it’s like stumbling on a stranger’s journal — you’ll read it at a single sitting, start to finish. No guilt, only delight.”—Alexandra Johnson
Ready to Fall was my very first novel, the one I wrote in my minivan!