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Fall on Your Knees
Fall on Your Knees
Author: Ann-Marie MacDonald
The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths... At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives and maybe even destroy them. Set on the stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, this multigenerational saga chronicles the lives of four sisters. Theirs is a world filled with...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743237185
ISBN-10: 0743237188
Publication Date: 1/24/2002
Pages: 512
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 505 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 98 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
I cannot find the words to describe this book. I didn't like it at first, but then I was unable to put it down and unable to forget it after I finished it. Definitely one of the most gripping novels I've ever read. It will make you laugh, it will repulse you, and it will horrify you, all the while keep you reading it. It's the first Oprah book I've read, but it won't be the last.
Leigh avatar reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 378 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
Disturbing, engaging, dark tale of a family that's not quite "right" - the only one that is seemingly well-adjusted is the one who we read about in letters from long ago, when she was alive and living far away from the family. The eerie reason for the disjointed familial relations you won't discover until the end of the book. I was left with a "Sixth-Sense" type feeling, where I was forced to think back on what I'd read in a different light.
bananapancakes avatar reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 95 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Haunting and engrossing. I could not put it down until I was done and then I was sad the story was over. You have to stick with it to enjoy it.
CharleneY avatar reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 80 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
One of my all-time favorites. This was out of print when I read it-- a coworker gave it to me who also loved it. I sent an email through Oprah's website because I thought it was tragic that people could no longer get this fabulous story. (I NEVER feel that strongly to actually email!) Well, two months later Oprah's selection was... take a guess. Coincidence? Well, I choose to take credit for supplying the world with all those additional copies. (You're WELCOME. LOL)
steviem avatar reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is my absolute favorite book! I reread it every year or two and always find something new in it. The characters are amazingly complex, the storyline is engrossing and shocking. I find myself thinking about it for weeks after finishing it every time! FANTASTIC!
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reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 102 more book reviews
This story has many twists and turns as families with secrets do. I enjoyed this book alot:)
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While this book was well written, it reads more like an atrociously long poem than a book, it is probably one of the worst books I have ever read. Their are no redeeming qualities in any of the characters except maybe Trixie, and even Trixie is disfigured. I think she seriously had a "grab bag of horrors" and picked from it every few pages to choose what would happen next, just to keep you interested, when the only thing you really want is for it to stop. The problems with this book are endless. The thing that made me the most angry was that the author is obviously good at writing, she just decided to write 500 pages that will ensure I never pick up another book penned by her in the future. I wanted to throw the book across the room by about chapter 3, the only thing that kept me from doing that was my sleeping son and my penchant for finishing every book I start.
Kmarie avatar reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 529 more book reviews
four generations of secets, proving that sisterhood is powerful even if it isn't what we think it would be.
jareylee avatar reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 25 more book reviews
Wonderfully told story of three sisters and other related characters. Rich, mesmerizing, enchanting, lyrical, thoroughly enjoyable read.
reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 15 more book reviews
This is an engrossing novel, I couldn't put it down. Not for prudes.
reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 7 more book reviews
I wanted to like this book but it was tough. The writing style was not my favorite at all and I had trouble caring about the characters. I persisted through about 350 pages before finally giving up because I realized I didn't care how it ended :(
claudiemae avatar reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 17 more book reviews
OH! I enjoyed this book so much.It was darker and more detailed than "we were the mulvaneys" a many generational story that was a gret read as well. Once I started,I had to finish,the author pulls you along,building towards the end.The end was a surprise in itself,I confess,I had to reread the last chapter. This author has a great way of writing,and I look forward to reading another by her.
mrswiggs avatar reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 51 more book reviews
A bit graphic at times, but a interesting read.
reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 10 more book reviews
I enjoyed the twist at the ending but where the heck did THAT come from haaa. Weird book and I feel as if the author started in one direction and went in another direction of her desired impact...
reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 59 more book reviews
I liked this book. Like the most of the books from Oprah's Book Club.
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Oprah's Book Club. From the back cover: This resonant first novel has a mythic quality that allows dark, half-buried secrets to be gracefully and chillingly revealed."-John Motyka, New York Times Reviea
reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 59 more book reviews
Strange, twisted, sad, funny in some spots....good read!
reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 28 more book reviews
I can't say this is one of my favorite books. It was good, but not one of my favorites . . .
reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 7 more book reviews
This was an easy read
cheermom140 avatar reviewed Fall on Your Knees on + 85 more book reviews
I picked up this book without knowing anything about it or reading any prior reviews or even knowing that it was an Oprah's book selection.

I read the first few chapters, was bored and put it aside. When I saw that it was available as an audio book, I got it from PBS because sometimes when I'm not getting into a book by reading it, when I listen to it, it becomes more interesting. That happens more than you'd think if there is a great narrator.

My first impression was correct. The book is a waste of time - boring, wordy, uninteresting - dull. The audio version didn't capture my attention either and the narrator was just so-so.

Can't recommend.