The Falconer

The Falconer

New York, 1993. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts. At turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self-possessed, Lucy is in unrequited love with her best friend and pick-up teammate Percy, scion to a prominent New York family who insists he wishes to resist upper crust fate.

As she navigates this complex relationship with all its youthful heartache, Lucy is seduced by a different kind of life—one less consumed by conventional success and the approval of men. A pair of provocative female artists living in what remains of New York’s bohemia invite her into their world, but soon even their paradise begins to show cracks.

Title:The Falconer
ISBN:9781501193224

    The Falconer Reviews

  • Larry H

    Lucy is a high school student growing up in New York in 1993. She's a so-called "pizza bagel"—a mix of Jewish and Italian heritage. She's not afraid to speak her mind, even if it's to trash-talk, an...

  • Christine

    3.5 stars rounded to 4 starsI read an intriguing interview about the author and the making of this book, which led to my requesting it from Net Galley. The author stated this is the book she wanted to...

  • Rebecca McNutt

    Set in the 1990's in New York, The Falconer is an unforgettable and eye-opening portrait of a girl coming of age between the neon-laced pop of the 1980's and the post-9/11 uncertainty of the 2000's. F...

  • Nancy

    Sometimes a book finds me that I would not have found by myself. That is how The Falconer by Dana Czapnik came into my life--as an unexpected package from the publisher.Reading it was about a seventee...

  • Scott S.

    "I watch the sky above New York turn from gray to yellow to a dark blue. I take out the blue felt pen that's been stuck in my hair and on the bottom of the page I write: 'Lucy Adler exists for no one....

  • Susan's Reviews

    I absolutely loved THE FALCONER. This novel fairly explodes with quote-worthy writing: Dana Czapnik is an extremely talented author. I started off by writing out a few memorable lines on my scratchpad...

  • Lindsay

    I accidentally ordered two copies of this for my library and because I have a weird guilt complex and worried no one would check it out, I did. And it was really good. I do love a good coming-of-age s...

  • Tess

    An absolutely beautiful coming of age novel set in Manhattan in the mid-90s. Lucy is an amazing protagonist; hopelessly in love with her best friend, an amazing athlete, learning about art, feminism, ...

  • Michael

    The Falconer is a story about a girl growing up in a particular space and time, the Upper West Side of New York City in the early 1990s. Whether or not that place and time speaks to you, the novel is ...

  • Alexandra

    Dana Czapnik has crafted a protagonist who is complex and multi-layered with a combination of heart-wrenching vulnerability and inspiring strength. Her novel draws the reader through the complexity of...