Don't You Fall Now is a hauntingly beautiful family memoir that tells the story of how the author's eighteen-year-old son, Kamau Burney, survived a jump from a six story parking structure near the campus of the University of Kentucky. Kamau landed face first, shattering all the bones in his face, along with breaking his hip, clavicle, and neck. His survival was a miracle. Mair's story is a lyrical exploration of what it means for a mentally ill mother to care for a mentally ill and brain injured son. Told in sparse prose, the chapters are intentionally short, meditative, and intense. The result is a riveting story that is raw, real, and ultimately hopeful.
Claudia Love Mair (formerly Claudia Mair Burney) is a writer, artist, and intuitive painting and expressive arts teacher who is also the critically acclaimed author of the Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries, the Exorsistah series, and the Christy Award-nominated Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White. She facilitates writing and painting workshops with a focus on spirituality, and is happiest when she's engaged in and sharing the creative process. A native of Detroit who grew up in Inkster, MI, Claudia has returned to her family's Kentucky roots and now lives in Lexington, KY. She writes about her hot mess spiritual journey at the Ragamuffin Diva blog.