The Mechanics of Falling: Virtual Book Tour

When it comes to reading, I love a good short story collection.  To me, short stories are the perfect reading when I’m pressed for time.  There’s nothing so satisfying as sitting down and devouring a good short story.  So, I was delighted to have the chance to read Catherine Brady‘s collection of short stories, The Mechanics of Falling.

From the jacket cover:  In all our lives, there are moments when the seemingly fixed coordinates of our existence abruptly give way — mother love fractures, a faithful husband abandons his family, a conscientious middle-class life implodes, loyalty demand’s an excruciating sacrifice.  The characters…share a fundamental predicament, the struggle to name and embrace some faith that can break their fall.  In equal measure, they hunger for and resist this elusive possibility and what it demands of them.  What one is willing to risk for the sake of transformation or the right to refuse it is a particularly tough dilemma for the women in these stories.

What is it about short stories that makes them such a great catalyst for lost souls?  Brady’s characters are all searching for something, searching for themselves, and each story ends with the reader wondering if her characters are going to take those next steps on their journies.

In any collection of short stories, you have those that you love, and those that you don’t love as much.  I’ll start with my least favorite so I can end positively!

The Dazzling World was my least favorite story in this collection.  Like the others, it was beautifully written, but I struggled to connect with the characters in The Dazzling World. I found myself not caring what happened to Cam and Judith, even when they were in dire circumstances.

It is nearly impossible for me to pick a favorite story!  My top three stories are Scissors, Paper, Rock, Seven Remedies, and Wait for Instructions. Since you are obviously going to read this book, I won’t tell you about all three.  I felt such a connection with the characters in Scissors, Paper, Rock.  I felt Liz’s pity and concern for Nathalie.  I felt Nathalie’s life slipping away from her, and saw the realization of just how quickly that can happen.  As a writer, Catherine Brady does an amazing job of developing truly believable and wonderful characters in the span on 20 pages.

Overall, I really love these stories, and I anticipate that I will visit them again in the future.

To learn more about Catherine Brady and The Mechanics of Falling, you can visit her website, read her guest post, or check out her interview with Ann Ryles.

Many thanks to Trish Collins for setting up this virtual book tour!

Happy Reading!


  1. Like you, I loved this collection – terrific review 🙂

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