Note: Fear of Falling is now called Free Falling.
What would you do if you were trapped in a cottage in Ireland for months, without power or technology, while society began crumbling around you? Susan Kiernan-Lewis asks this question through the lens of a high-strung mother to a teen boy. And the answer is pretty much what you’d expect: you survive, you learn how to homestead, you build community with your neighbors, and you sprout some impressive tactical skills when it comes to protecting your own.
I am frustrated to report that I didn’t relate to any of the characters in the book, which made it difficult to get into. Maybe I’m unique in that- I’m not a mom, I’m not a Christian, I’m not high-strung or tech-dependent, and I’m not savage and ruthless like the bad guys in the story. I do appreciate the level of detail she put into it, with regard to all the multiple aspects of homesteading, with the chickens and goat and sheep and horses, especially the small things like how do you make wool, and oh yes, winter is brutal. The main character’s letters home read like actual diaries from the 1800s pioneer women, which I’m sure was intended.
While it didn’t grip me or give me new ideas, it did make me long for a homestead of my own (with a Joy of Cooking book and a sourdough starter, of course).
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