Review: Boy, Falling

Boy, Falling

House of Rougeaux #2

by Jenny Jaeckel

Seeking to pursue his dream in music, and harboring a grave secret, young Gerard Rougeaux leaves his native Montreal for New York City in 1909, embarking on a journey that then takes him to Paris at the height of the Jazz Age. There, years later, Gerard becomes haunted by strange dreams of a boy falling through space, as his story entwines with the family he has left behind-his half-sister Jeannette and her two children, struggling to make their way in New York after the economic crash of 1929.

Continuing the family epic begun in House of Rougeaux, Boy, Falling weaves together human yearning and mystery, and what it means to be part of the fabric of life.


5 out of 5

I was thrilled to see Jaeckel’s unique style carried through in this sequel. There was definitely more emotion behind this one for me, perhaps because I had already read the first book (although this can totally be read as a standalone). I teared up a few times while reading this, and each time I had to set it down, I felt like I was coming up gasping for air after diving too deep in the ocean. I got lost in the story, watching and feeling it unfold around me. Furthermore, I was a little sad when it ended, and I returned to the real world for the final time. I hope to read more by this brilliant author in the future!



About the Author

Jenny Jaeckel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and a Master of Arts in Hispanic Literatures from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Jaeckel grew up in Northern California. Currently, she lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her husband and child.

In 2016, Jaeckel’s graphic memoir Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU published, and it won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Parenting category. Spot 12 was also a 2016 finalist in the Foreword Indies Book Awards. Her previous titles include For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories and Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob. House of Rougeaux is Jaeckel’s debut novel.

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