"Past meets present in Kelcey Parker's (For Sale By Owner) second book, as she erects an expertly cantilevered world upon the foundation of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater.
The present echoes the past that thrums beneath the roar of the falls, and Parker delivers a symphony of histories both real and imagined."
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"[A]n inventive novella hybrid, a mix of prose and poetry, past and present, heartbreak and humor. [...] Not unlike Fallingwater’s structure, which masterfully balances the man-made with the natural, Parker sculpts and controls myriad, nearly unwieldy elements to construct a driven plot that illuminates the perched house and those who live within it."
"But like the house in which it is set, Parker's novella-in-flash contains a genuinely touching human story -- several, actually -- equally deserving of attention."
"A syncopated narrative which captures the rhythms and inflections of a multiplicity of voices."
"I found this novella to be remarkably participatory—as art history, as criticism, as meditation, as its own variety of group tour through this site and this history."
""These spare pages please and engage the eye, heart, and mind, like leaves in a chapbook. Liliane’s Balcony is a small elegant book in every way. Readers will be inspired to visit Fallingwater and listen for Liliane’s voice above the falls."
"Because Parker’s sense of character is so strong, and her language so fluid and flowing, the shifting foci do not cause the reader to stumble but instead pull her forward, eager to learn more of each character—as well as of the historical Liliane and Edgar—to watch the way these separate lives seem in some ways so similar and, often, so avoidably tragic."
Interview by Valerie Sayers at The Rumpus
Podcast interview with Brad Listi at Other People
Music: A Play List for the book at Largehearted Boy
My list of "7 Great Works of Fiction inspired by Architecture" at Flavorwire
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