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Guy is a thirty-eight year-old biochemist, but he comes to believe that the only way to recover from his wife’s death is by freeing her spirit from a photograph.
When Guy’s wife of ten years, Elsie, is killed in an accident, he withdraws to a state of near-isolation. In an attempt to re-enter life, he reconnects with an old girlfriend who comes to stay with him and on a whim they paint his bedroom bright yellow with black crime scene stencils. But things get weird when photographs of the bedroom get posted online and discovered by the owner of an art gallery, Arthur, who asks to show Guy’s bedroom as a work of contemporary art.
Guy initially refuses, but then sees another work being shown by Arthur: a black and white photograph of a deer leaping to its death. Guy becomes obsessed with the photo, then convinced that it trapped his dead wife’s spirit (she also died in a fall). Arthur refuses to sell it to him, so he agrees to show his bedroom, thinking it will provide a séance-like conduit for Elsie’s escape through him and out of the photograph. As the show approaches, Guy comes to understand that it’s not just his bedroom that’s the show but also him: a perverse voyeuristic thrill for the super-rich. Nonetheless, he is convinced he must go through with it and then, somehow, get the photograph for himself. Otherwise he will never move on from Elsie’s death. But Guy is unsure he can survive the show, emotionally, and Arthur still refuses to sell him the photo.
Falling is a literary novel. It is complete at 100,000 words. [closing stuff]