Amanda Holmes

Amanda Holmes was born in Hampton Middlesex and moved to the United States in her teens. She received her BA from Emerson College and her MFA from George Mason University. She and her husband met in a production of As You Like It, when they played opposite each other as Rosalind and Orlando. Together they have raised three children and with the diplomatic service have lived in Caracas, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Brussels and Rome and currently near Washington DC. Amanda’s stories have appeared in such publications as Ploughshares, Moxie, The Christian Science Monitor, Rattapallax, and the Ether Books app . She has written and edited art listings for The New Yorker and taught writing at Argentina’s foremost teacher and translating college Lenguas Vivas, at American University of Rome and at Northern Virginia Community College.

Opening in 1969 in New England, I KNOW WHERE I AM WHEN I’M FALLING is as rich in relationships as the colours and textures of the time. Ruby Lambert, is the eldest daughter in the eccentric Lambert family who get caught up in the life of Angus Aleshire, a charming, smart and athletic boy who they try to help and who shares Ruby’s unconventional bent and love of the piano. Ruby and Angus fall in love but Angus has a dark side. His boyish charms start to wear thin losing him family and friends along the way and when his clever schemes and misbehaviour get him in trouble, culminating with an art heist, he tries even Ruby’s love for him. The story spans thirteen years, and poses uncomfortable questions about the blindness of love, nurture versus nature and life through rose tinted glasses. Ruby struggles to square her vision of Angus’s potential with the unsettling and mounting reality.