The Fall of Alice K.

The Fall of Alice K. Review

Seventeen-year-old Alice Marie Krayenbraak is beautiful, witty, a star student, and a gifted athlete. On the surface, she has it all. But in Alice’s hometown of Dutch Center, Iowa, nothing is as it seems. Behind the façade of order and tidiness, the family farm is failing. Alice’s mother is behaving strangely amid apocalyptic fears of Y2K. And her parents have announced their plans to send her special-needs sister Aldah away. On top of it all, the uniformly Dutch Calvinist town has been rattled by an influx of foreign farm workers.

It’s the fall of senior year, and Alice now finds herself at odds with both family and cultural norms when she befriends and soon falls in love with Nickson Vang, the son of Hmong immigrants. Caught in a period of personal and community transformation, Alice and Nickson must navigate their way through vastly different traditions while fighting to create new ones of their own. Funny and provocative, amusing and unsettling,

Title:The Fall of Alice K.
Edition Language:English

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  • JT

    A poignant tale of farm life in rural Iowa in 1999. A story about the coming millennium and the woes of a crumbling farm industry. This author paints characters that are intelligent and moving and his...

  • Kay

    After struggling to stay with this book for about the first 100 pages, I have to say it was really worth it! Jim Heynen's ability to tell this story through the character of Alice, a 17 year old high ...

  • Lisa

    For the first time in quite a while, I found myself reading a young adult book when I wasn't certain of its ending. Heynen's setting brought back memories of my 4 years in the rural midwest...and my o...

  • Mary McCandless

    culture collisionAlice, the story's heroine, is pitted in a battle between the challenges of her Dutch Reformist culture and her rather eccentric mother whose life is driven by her faith and fear of Y...

  • Rebecca

    I gave this a four because I liked the writing style, especially the descriptions of farm life. I also loved Lydia's political speech, and the Nancy Swifties were a hoot. I did not particularly care f...

  • Roslyn A Swiney

    An awesome readI couldn't put this book down . The main character, Alice, a 17-year-old super student was not just book smart but had a deep intelligence in her soul . I won't talk about the dynamics ...

  • Nicole

    I am glad I came across this while browsing the shelves at the library one day. I became a bit hesitant with the low average rating here on GR. But it turns out Alice K was a nice surprise. Alice is a...

  • Alyssa

    -Ending was ambiguous. Why did the author end the book with Alice's mother standing in the doorway with the trace of a smile on her lips?- What happened with Alice and Nickson? Are we just supposed to...

  • Laura

    What I enjoyed most about this book were the descriptions of farm life and the tools they use on a farm in the mid west. The automatic feeders, sorting pigs, what happens when one animal is sick or in...

  • bookdva

    This is a book that is supposed to be focused on character development, which is what it leads you to believe the whole way through. In the end, this book did not accomplish throughout many pointless ...