Book Review Dawson's Fall by Roxana Robinson
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Dawson’s Fall by Roxana Robinson

Book Review Dawson's Fall by Roxana Robinson
Published: 5/14/2019
A cinematic Reconstruction-era drama of violence and fraught moral reckoning In Dawson's Fall, a novel based on the lives of Roxana Robinson's great-grandparents, we see America at its most fragile, fraught, and malleable. Set in 1889, in Charleston, South Carolina, Robinson's tale weaves her family's journal entries and letters with a novelist's narrative grace, and spans the life of her tragic hero, Frank Dawson, as he attempts to navigate the country's new political, social, and…
Book Review Dawson's Fall by Roxana Robinson
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Dawson’s Fall by Roxana Robinson

Being from the south and having visited many of the towns this story was placed gave me a weird sense of home when reading. The way she describes the historical events that took place and the attitudes of the people during this time are very well done. It truly transported me back to the 1800’s and the struggles our country was having during that time.

Dawson started his journey in England and finagled his way onto a US navy ship to come to America. His story is one of true Southern style. His wife Sarah is a strong southern woman who had her own trials growing up.  With her support, he continues to become one of the most well-known people in Charleston. His paper is for the town but as his own views begin to differ from the popular opinion during the time, things begin to get shaky. How to maintain a good household and an upstanding newspaper?


I did have some difficulty getting into Dawson’s Fall by Roxana Robinson. In the beginning, due to so many characters being introduced and switching stories often but as you continue these introductions only add to the depth of the story. It was an eloquently written story of a turbulent time for the south. It was a rollercoaster of a ride at the end. It’s amazing to know that majority of what happens comes from true stories. A true porch and coffee kind of book for me.

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I’m originally from North Carolina, now living in the PNW. I’m about to graduate with my DPT, so switching from reading textbooks to my true love of reading for fun. I’m a big fan of the outdoors and love to hike with a book in my pack.

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