Words Falling Like Water

Fiction - Realistic
314 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2012
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Author Biography

Sonya Vaughn and her family worked for the automotive industry for four generations. Drawing on her family’s extensive experience with this industry, Sonya wrote Words Falling Like Water to capture and protest against the inhumane treatment suffered by auto workers during the decline of the industry.

For over twelve years, she has taught writing at several colleges. Currently, she is teaching, writing her next novel, and coaching other writers.

She lives in Peoria, Arizona with her husband and children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite

"Words Falling Like Water" is a very interesting, frustrating, funny, and heartbreaking story all wrapped up into one. First time author Sonya Vaughn explains how the failing auto industry has suffered and how that suffering has impacted the people worldwide. There are examples given within the book of injustice and pure evil, yet by the time you arrive at the last page your heart is cheering one of the main characters for their new found freedom and ability to look beyond the present.

Lily and her husband Tim have a little boy named Benjamin and they are experiencing many of the issues couples everywhere face. Tim has been let go from his job and is unemployed with little hope of finding a job. The stresses that come with these issues have caused them to grow farther apart, with Tim even moving to the basement. You will be taken down the road of how a couple deals with their challenges as well as how a corporate mother deals with all the pressures on a daily basis. There are lives impacted by huge layoffs in the auto industry and those effects continue to ripple. With the recession hitting, the characters must deal with a lot of pressure and abuse from corporate America.

This is a very interesting read and I learned many things while eagerly turning the pages. If you would like to read a book that is current, fresh, and that packs an emotional punch, then read "Words Falling Like Water".

Alice DiNizo

The setting is Detroit, Michigan in the first decade of this century and Lily is the third generation of her family to work for one of the major American automobile companies. Lily and her husband Tim met when they were in their thirties, married and became parents to Benjamin after some years of trying. Now, Tim is an unemployed engineer who hangs out in their basement pretending to job-search on the Internet when he is really just looking at porn. That makes Lily the main wage earner and her job at the automotive company pays their bills and keeps toddler Benjamin in part-time daycare. However, Lily doesn't enjoy her job, for it brings a high-level of stress and long, long hours that keep her away from mothering Benjamin as she feels she should. She has bloodshot eyes, lines from her mouth to her chin, gray hairs at her root-line and a weight-gain problem from eating fast foods. And her immediate boss, William, is a horror to work for and a male chauvinist to boot. Lily makes a list of what is most in important in her life and strives to find a career that in the words of her sister, Kristina, allows her "to do who you are." Lily's grandfather helped build a church, organized a union, and visited hospitals and nursing homes, but can Lily emulate her father and grandfather and stand tall in the face of severe and often stupid opposition from her division heads at work?

Author Sonya Vaughn's "Words Falling Like Water" is one of those enchanting books that needed to be written. The storyline is strong and enticing throughout every page and the characters are very believable. Lily, her family, co-workers Dan, Paul and Sylvia, her lackluster husband Tim, and Dumb and Dumber bosses, NB and Dolores, as well as Starbucks customers like Jane, are all very memorable, well-created and definitely three-dimensional characters."Words Falling Like Water" should be on everyone's reading list. Don't miss it!

Stephanie Dagg

Words Falling Like Water by Sonya Vaughn is a gritty contemporary novel that takes a long hard look at not just the plight of one of the major industries in America, but also at the plight of working women. Lily is juggling a busy working life with Tim, her depressed and unemployed husband, and a young son. She asks herself if she’s contributing anything to this world. She feels like she’s getting nowhere and doing an unsuccessful juggling act. Her sister Kristina helps keep her grounded. Work is tough with a dictatorial manager but suddenly her job, and those of her coworkers, are threatened as the automotive industry faces bankruptcy. Some lose jobs and others are forced into full time work. Lily faces many tough, traumatic decisions as she deals with obstacles at every turn in her professional and family lives.

There is plenty of social commentary and history in this intricately woven novel. The author looks back to the formative years of the industry and how tough life was for unskilled workers. However, her main focus is on the difficulties working women face and how they can strive to find some kind of balance and yet keep their sense of self-worth and their faith. It’s very powerful and quite a frustrating read in that you share the unfair burden Lily has to bear. It’s an absorbing read but a challenging one and makes you think hard about whether our wish to have everything is one worth pursuing when it comes at such a high price.