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Cascade Falls explores the failed promise of the American Dream. Raised to believe that with hard work, anything is possible, a staggering number of Americans hate their jobs and see little chance of ever escaping the grind. In his tragicomic followup to the laugh-ridden Elevating Overman, Bruce Ferber asks the question: "How does giving up our dreams affect our relationships and our psyches?"

Danny Johnson, a writer whose career never materialized, moves with his wife and children to Cascade Falls, a water-filled, golf community in the bone-dry desert outside of Phoenix. Grudgingly going to work for his father Ted, the Elmer Gantry of home development, Danny's quest for stability ultimately comes up short. His marriage begins to fray and the housing market goes bust, forcing him and those around him to examine their lives anew. Cascade Falls exposes the desperate price paid for sacrificing who we are for how and where we live.
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Pages:
280
Publication Date:
02/16/2015
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561 KB
ISBN13:
9781940207858
Publisher:
Rare Bird Books
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About the Author
Bruce Ferber is a novelist with an extensive career in television writing and producing. Nominated for multiple Emmys and Golden Globes, his credits include Bosom Buddies, Growing Pains, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Coach, and Home Improvement, where he served as executive producer and showrunner. He lives in Los Angeles.
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"Bruce Ferber's Cascade Falls is a black comedy of high order, bitingly funny and earnestly moving at the same time. He has a great eye for the ways we misperceive ourselves and each other, often with drastic consequences. Ferber writes with a comic urgency but he's never too busy funnin' to recognize the way life can erode even the best intentions."
—T. Jefferson Parker, author of Full Measure

"In the suburbs of Phoenix, marriages and careers are coming undone in this second novel from sitcom producer Ferber."
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"This novel is a sincere exploration of the struggles people go through trying to survive and do right, while still holding on to their dreams."
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"Bruce Ferber is that perfect combination of humorist and humanist. Cascade Falls is poignant, moving, and ridiculously funny."
—Dan Zevin, Thurber Award-winning author of Dan Gets a Minivan

"Bruce Ferber's gentle narrative style slyly masks a much more serious question, one the disillusioned suburbanites at the core of Cascade Falls might as well be asking on the part of us all: namely, what does the American Dream mean these days, and to whom does its storied set of tenets apply? Ferber reminds us that no matter how well off you think you are, there's always room to fall, and yet no matter how far you've fallen, there's also room in your remaining space and years to find your best self."
—David Kukoff, author of Children of the Canyon

"Seldom does the breach in a couple’s bond spring from a simple, singular moment. The rift deepens subtly through trickles of concealed, vulnerable truths; wounding misinterpretations that erode trust and build defensiveness; the paradox of alienation alongside a drive to join; and faraway spaces of intimacy, ardor, and hope. In Cascade Falls, Bruce Ferber masterfully reproduces a relationship in its aching devolution."
—Holly Parker, PhD, lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of If We're Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone?
2014-12-20
In the suburbs of Phoenix, marriages and careers are coming undone in this second novel from sitcom producer Ferber (Elevating Overman, 2012).Unfortunately, the shoddy craftsmanship that plagues the subdivision where the novel takes place plagues the book itself. Ted Johnson is a foulmouthed, womanizing, mantra-spouting, once-successful builder who's now teetering on the brink of financial disaster. His middle-aged son, Danny, leaves his wife, Maya, a stymied painter, along with their young children and his job in the family business, to drive to California on a whim with a much younger waitress he met the day before at Applebee's. Ted hires an eccentric biographer to document his life and his company, which will go under if he doesn't land a miraculous development deal. Ted's wife, Jeannie, finds companionship with widower Owen, who makes his living fixing the construction problems in the subdivisions her husband built with cheap labor, while Owen yearns for Maya during encounters at their children's school. The book name-checks restaurants and retail establishments such as Red Lobster, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Denny's and Jamba Juice as if branding were a new literary technique. Female readers will find the plentiful descriptions of women's bodies tiresome and too good to be true: a male fantasy. Ferber may be trying to explore the consequences of the housing crash, but this soap opera is neither substantial enough to tackle that subject nor skillful enough to parody it.

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