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...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    There's something so life changing about being seventeen. Being both knowledgeable and naïve. Seeing the world as both beautiful and utterly screwed up. The Falconer follows a year in the life of sev...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Andrew Smith

    Lucy Adler is a seventeen-year-old who loves basketball. And she’s talented, often outshining and out muscling those she plays against. She’s at home on the asphalt public courts of NYC, either pl...

  • 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

    "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....

  • lucky little cat

    Not remotely "the new Catcher in the Rye " as it's been hyped. Instead, imagine every 90s cliché but Lisa Frank pencils shoehorned into one book. And while it's no threat to Salinger, it is a nice q...

  • 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, ...