Tuesday, August 12, 2014

She Tumbled Down: A short story by Lorraine Devon Wilke

Ever since I read this short story, She Tumbled Down by Lorraine Devon Wilke I have wanted to share it with you.
This is an intense story, so suspenseful and gripping that I didn’t want to put it down. It was so good that I was sorry it was not a full length novel. As a fan of Miss Wilke’s, I am only disappointed I have to wait for her next release.

The writing is so smooth and riveting that I couldn’t take my eyes away from the page. She Tumbled Down is worth the short realistic ride into the unknown.


New Year’s Eve. It's late, well past the midnight hour. A woman looking for respite from noise, champagne, and tensions with her boyfriend steps out to clear her head. She calls out that she’ll be back shortly and heads down the quiet neighborhood street... and never comes back. 

A man with too much to drink and too fast a car roars by on that same darkened road and, in a flash of motion and impact, is stunned to see the face of a startled woman smash into his windshield. When the car stops he shakes in silence, waiting for... something. But when no one approaches, no cars go by and no inquiring lights flicker on, fear and panic take over and he makes the unfathomable decision to drive away... and never look back. 

She Tumbled Down,” a short story by longtime Huffington Post contributor and author (After The Sucker Punch) Lorraine Devon Wilke, follows the ripple effects of this tragic hit-and-run, attempting to answer that unanswerable question, “Who could do such a thing?" From that first fateful moment through the months and years that follow, the narrative weaves through the lives of seemingly disparate characters, threading the initial event into another story, a love story, that ultimately links to the tragedy in unexpected ways. (Short story: 7300 words) 

My Review

She Tumbled Down: a short story by Lorraine Devon Wilke pulls the reader in from the very first paragraph. The author has a fine gift of telling a story in a way that plays out in living color. There is an authentic life-force in her voice. Real heartfelt emotion that comes across as true as day.

There is lightness and there is dark. The story travels around to both sides. As a reader I wanted, hoping to know everything would turn out okay but guessing it would not. I was left to guess as I read at a feverish pace.

There are two stories paralleling each other. One was a happy story and one was not. Would they intersect? I was hoping not.

This story is written in such a way that you can't help but want more. I ate it up at a devil's pace. The suspense never subsided, nor was my ability to figure out how it would all conclude. This is a great read that packs a punch. Highly recommend.

Quote ~

"The most immediate next chapter led to her home and the cocoon of her long-neglected bed, where everything changed amidst tenderness and hard passion. It was one of those nights when the ephemera of life shifts. The walls open, the ceiling rises, the air sweetens; even the hope for a better world is suddenly imaginable. Love and sex may not possess such powers in reality, but on this night, in this bed, with this man, they were a force for good..."


Author, photographer, singer/songwriter, and Huffington Post contributor, Lorraine Devon Wilke, started early as a creative hyphenate. First, there was music and theater; next came rock & roll (big hair, '80s, great music!), then a leap into film when a feature she co-wrote (To Cross the Rubicon) was produced by a Seattle film company, opening doors in a variety of creative directions.
In the years following, she wrote for and performed on theater stages, developed her photography skills, and accrued a library of well-received feature screenplays; most recently, her script, The Theory of Almost Everything, was a top finalist in the 2012 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest. She kept her hand in music throughout - songwriting, recording, performing - leading to the fruition of the longtime goal of recording an original album (Somewhere On the Way). Accomplished in collaboration with songwriting/producing partner, Rick M. Hirsch, the album garnered stellar reviews and can be found at CDBaby and iTunes (see website for links). She continues with music whenever she can (which, she maintains, is never, ever, enough!), with her most current repertoire up at SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/lorraine-devon-wilke)... stop in for a listen!
Devon Wilke's current life is split between Playa del Rey and Ferndale, California, and is shared with her husband, Pete Wilke, an entertainment/securities attorney, and son, engineer/web designer, Dillon Wilke. She's curates and manages both her fine art photography site and her personal blog (www.rockpapermusic.com), contributes regularly to The Huffington Post, and writes a column for the award-winning newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise. To enjoy her essays and journalistic pieces, go to Contently.com, a writer's archival site (https://lorrainedevonwilke.contently.com).
Her debut novel, AFTER THE SUCKER PUNCH, is available  at Amazon, as is her recently published short story, SHE TUMBLED DOWN

Follow Lorraine Devon Wilke:

Her article archive can be found at Contently, her photos at Fine Art America; details and Links to her other work at www.lorrainedevonwilke.com

Her Novel After the Sucker Punch is available at amazon.com and you can follow her adventures with the book at www.AfterTheSuckerPunch.com

And don’t forget to FOLLOW THE BLOG http://rockpapermusic.com


  1. Thank you for the wonderful write-up, Brenda, done as only you could do! Marketing a short story is a bit different than a novel, so I appreciate the boost. I hope your readers will read and be moved by this story; the impact of hit-and-runs is a very real and compelling topic and so I'm all the more appreciative of your giving this particular tale your attention. Thank you, my friend.

    1. My pleasure Lorraine. Your work inspires me but also catches my interest. You write what I like to read so as a reader I am grateful to you.

      This book (short story or not) is worth the attention. It is an important topic and you covered it in such a moving intriguing way.

    2. I agree that it's an important topic... it was one of the stories that I felt compelled to write so I'm glad you were moved by it.

  2. Great review, Brenda. You hooked me. I went and read a sample and had to find out how it all turned out. Wishing both you and Lorraine much success.

    1. Thank you Diana. You are so kind. Lorraine is special at what she does. She captures moments that feel real. I read read anything she happens to write. Even her comments are poetic. Haha.

      She Tumbled Down is a very compelling read. Loved it and wanted M O R E ;-)

    2. You're both making my day... THANK YOU!