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On her own since the age of eighteen, Cass Macklin dated brilliant, troubled Ben McGreavy, convinced he was the smartest person she’d ever known. They partied their way through their twenties, slowly descending into a bleak world of binge-drinking and broken promises, inebriated for most of a decade. Now Ben is dead, and Cass is broke, homeless, scared…and pregnant.
Determined to have a healthy pregnancy and raise Ben’s baby, Cass has to find a way to stop drinking and build a stable life for herself and her child. But with no money, skills, or sober friends or family, the task seems insurmountable. At wit’s end, Cass turns to the only person with the means to help her: Ben’s brother Scott, third basemen for the Boston Red Sox, a man with a temper and problems of his own.
The two make a deal that neither one of them is sure they can live up to. As Cass struggles to take control of her life and to ask for help when she needs it, Scott begins to realize there’s a life for him beyond the baseball diamond.
By turns heartbreaking and humorous, with its message that change is possible, that forgiveness can be freely given, and that life, though imperfect, is worth embracing, Catch Us When We Fall is a story of human connectedness and hope.
News & Reviews
“A well-paced story of addiction and redemption, told with sparks of humor and full of warmly drawn characters.”
— Starred Review from Library Journal
“A redemption story if ever there was one: Fay gives us a character who seems almost beyond help, beyond reach, even to herself—but finds ways to prove us all wrong, one baby step at a time. A beautiful look at the strength it takes to save ourselves, the love it takes to save each other, and the hopeful truth that it’s never too late to start over.”
—Jessica Strawser, author of A Million Reasons Why
“Readers who enjoy an emotional journey including hope and redemption will be well satisfied with this story. Offer it to fans of Jacquelyn Mitchard and Jodi Picoult.”
“A hopeful, poignant novel about the tenacity of the human spirit, our capacity for forgiveness, and all the ways a heart can grow when we least expect it. You’ll want to curl up in bed with this heartwarming story.”
—Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing
“A beautiful story about some of life’s darkest demons – grief, addiction, and broken promises – but Fay’s characters are so lovable and emotionally complex it left me suffused with light and hope. I read this book in a gulp, alternately crying, laughing, and cheering, and when I finished, I turned back to the first page so I could savor it.”
—Ann Mah, bestselling author of The Lost Vintage
“Full of hope and heart and genuine love. I already miss checking in with these beautiful people who are trying their hardest to heal and connect.”
—Allie Larkin, bestselling author of Stay, Why Can’t I Be You, and Swimming for Sunlight
“Suffused with compassion, wry humor, and unexpected grace, it’s a story not of angels or demons, but of people struggling to find a safe harbor in the broken landscape of addiction.”
—Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Waisted and The Widow of Wall Street
“An emotionally rich, deeply satisfying novel that grabs you early and doesn’t let go..”
—Matthew Norman, author of Last Couple Standing and All Together Now
“A novel about resilience and the power of human connection, Catch Us When We Fall is perfect for fans of emotionally honest women’s fiction.”
—Brenda Janowitz, author of The Grace Kelly Dress