Reviews and Responses to FALLEN
‘Fallen is an unsentimental, unsparing, surprisingly sweet tale of first love, first (and second and third …) lust and the messes we make when we’re old enough to know better but so very much younger than we realise.’ Emily Maguire
‘Rochelle Siemienowicz goes straight to the heart of the matter – sex and love and religion – in shimmering prose. I’m in awe of her courage and very glad she’s shared her amazing story.’ – Toni Jordan
‘These questions – about courage, openness, decency, rules (and breaking them), and sharing our intimate selves (and what that means for our relationships) – are at the heart of Rochelle’s beautiful, perceptive and judiciously revealing memoir Fallen… .’ Jo Case.
Readings Monthly – ‘Siemienowicz’s writing is candid and heartfelt, with numerous moments of great clarity. … Although in many ways a thematic companion to Lee Kofman’s The Dangerous Bride, Fallen focuses less on investigating the phenomenon of non-monogamy than on Eve’s story, an intimate portrayal of a personal crisis and process of self-discovery.’ Review by Allen Vaarwerk, 28 April 2015.
Arts Hub – ‘…an excellent example of the memoir genre.’ Review by Erich Mayer, 1 May 2015.
Booktopia – ‘It does not get more candid than this when it comes to sexual coming of age memoirs.’ Review by Caroline Baum, 1 May 2015.
Seraglio – ‘It’s a fantastic debut and I will wait patiently for Rochelle’s next. I would love a novel but whatever comes from the pen of this woman will be a treat.’ – A response, not a review by Jenny Ackland, 12 May 2015.
Imagined Slights – ‘Rochelle’s prose is so lucid and lovely that reading what I hope is only her first book is as purely satisfying as gazing at a perfect example of your favourite architectural style.’ Sarina Rowell, 15 May 2015.
‘From Religious Upbringing to Open Marriage’ – Podcast, Life Matters presented by Natasha Mitchell, Radio National, 29 April 2015.
Features and columns by Rochelle
‘A Bride Stripped Bare: A writer gets naked on the path from novel to memoir’ – Kill Your Darlings, 5 May 2015.
‘Working with Words: Rochelle Siemienowicz’ – The Wheeler Centre, 6 February 2015.