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Liliane's Balcony: A Novella of Fallingwater

ISBN: 9780988764538
Binding: Paperback
Author: Kelcey Parker
Pages: 216
Trim: 5.5 x 8 inches
Published: 10/01/2013

Liliane's Balcony is a multi-voiced novella-in-flash set at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Built for Pittsburgh merchants E.J. and Liliane Kaufmann in 1935, the house is as much a character as it is a setting. One September night in 1952, Liliane Kaufmann—tired of her husband's infidelities—overdoses on pain pills in her bedroom. From there, Liliane's Balcony alternates Mrs. Kaufmann's mostly true story with the fictional narratives of four modern-day tourists who arrive at the historic home in the midst of their own personal crises, all of which culminate on Mrs. Kaufmann's over-sized, cantilevered balcony. With its ghosts, motorcycles, portraits, Vikings, failed relationships, and many layered voices, Kelcey Parker's Liliane's Balcony is as dizzying and intricately beautiful as the architectural wonder in which it is set.


Kelcey Parker's first book, For Sale By Owner (Kore Press), won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a Finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana. She directs the creative writing program at Indiana University South Bend. During the summer of 2012, she worked as an Ask-Me Guide at Fallingwater, where she asked as many questions as she answered, helped visitors get the perfect photo of Fallingwater, and always kept an eye out for Liliane's ghost.


"Liliane's Balcony is as layered and audacious as the house at the center of the novella. Parker dances effortlessly between present and past, fact and fiction, nature and interior, lovers and out-of-lovers. The story that emerges is moving and precariously beautiful: a book that in lesser hands might have come toppling down. In Parker's, it's a triumph." - Caitlin Horrocks, author of This Is Not Your City

"This book about an architectural marvel is itself an architectural marvel. The story feels both situated and sweeping—as in Fallingwater, the outside is the inside. Kelcey Parker has written a smart, elegant, and poignant piece of fiction." - Chris Bachelder, author of Abbott Awaits

"As Frank Lloyd Wright re-interpreted domestic architecture, so Kelcey Parker deconstructs the so-called 'Wife Book' in this innovative blend of biography and fiction, past and present, carnal and occult. Liliane's Balcony tells a story about the woman whose fervor for the arts built Fallingwater—and the husband whose sexual appetites demolished her dreams." - Cathy Day, author of The Circus in Winter

"In Liliane's Balcony, Kelcey Parker skillfully interweaves the voices of a wide range of richly drawn characters, each experiencing Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, in diverse, compelling ways. For anyone who has visited, the vivid descriptions will take you back; for anyone who has not experienced Fallingwater first-hand, this book will conjure the magic out of thin air. But while Fallingwater is at the center of this swirling drama, Liliane's Balcony is at its heart a tale of love—the struggle to imagine it, the struggle to find it, and the struggle to keep it." - Jim Daniels, author of Birth Marks