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Against Gravity

3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  138 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Set in Houston in the mid-1980s, Against Gravity is a harrowing story of three lives colliding— Madison Kirby, an angry, dying intellectual; Ric Cardinal, a social worker dedicated to helping others but tormented by the son he cannot save; and Roya, a struggling Iranian immigrant who has traveled for years through the war-torn Middle East to arrive in Texas to eke out the ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Penguin Books
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Jan 24, 2009 Julie rated it it was ok
In all reality, I didn’t hate this book but it’s not something that I would want to read again. The writer is very talented, however, she is not much of a story teller. In the book, she weaves three stories together of three different people, all of who have lived tragic lives. I thought the stories were interesting but this was a book that I couldn’t wait to finish only because I wanted to read something else (my rule is that I have to finish every book I start). One character has AIDS, another ...more
Oct 10, 2016 Mackenzie rated it it was amazing
The author did a terrific job writing from three different perspectives.
May 10, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
It is the 1980's in Houston Texas. Three people's lives are intertwined and we hear each of their voices. Madison is an angry intellectual, dying of AIDS (who later becomes a homeless person despite his intelligence). Ric is a social worker, specifically working with immigrants and helping out in El Salvador. He is good at his job, yet is haunted by his poor choice of female partners as well as a son he just cannot help. Then there is Roya who has immigrated (probably a refugee) from Iran. She ...more
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Apr 28, 2010 Maggie Stewart-Grant rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people comfortable with uncomfortability
I was floundering in this book until I went back - after so much frustration - and read some reviews. I wasn't quite getting it until I did. It started to come together, but the biggest flaw was that I didn't like the stories at all. I don't need happy endings, but I do need to find myself invested in the characters. I wasn't.

As was the case in school with many of my teachers, I started out with 3 stars (a C, so to speak). How the story fares as I go along determines the upward or downward flow
Sep 09, 2011 Cknot1sk rated it liked it
i thought the three character story lines were nicely intertwined. i liked how the author touched upon some important topics of the '80s: the iranian revolution, aids, and the wars in the nicaragua and el salvador.
Aug 08, 2010 Cyndi rated it it was ok
This book is well written but not a fun read. I could easily put it down and was glad when it was over. As a Houstonian I was put off by the constantly negative description of the city. We do have blue skies and trees! I don't recommend this book to anyone.
Oct 07, 2012 Kris rated it it was ok
Got desperate one day when I finished my book, so I combed the bargain bin in the bookstore and found this. It was ok, not what I was expecting, really. I mostly picked it up because it's set in Houston, which I thought could be interesting, but wasn't. Oh well, it was only like a dollar.
Dec 23, 2015 Grace rated it did not like it
This is one of those books where you read the first two chapters in disgust, hate the characters, could care less about the story, so you skip to the end to see who kills who. The middle matters not.
Feb 17, 2010 Melani rated it it was ok
As another reviewer (Julie) put so well, I was eager to finish this novel so I could read something else. I would not recommend it to anyone. The author seemed very close to and enamored with her characters and their lives, but I was not.
Jan 30, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it
This is a compeling story. The beginning isn't easy to read but stick with it and it becomes very interesting and the writing is good.
Jan 02, 2015 Aggie rated it liked it
it was really interesting but very very sad. I thought this was going to be happy but it wasnt. so only read this book if you can take sadness
Dec 16, 2009 Jill rated it liked it
Recommends it for: book clubs
While I find a lot wrong with this book, there's a lot right with it as well. My book club discussed it last month, and as usual, I ended up liking it more than I thought I did.
Jul 05, 2009 Ann rated it liked it
Interesting, but not a must read. The author tells the same basic story three times each time from the perspective of one of the key characters.
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Iranian born writer Farnoosh Moshiri has published plays, short stories, and translations in Iranian literary magazines before the 1979 revolution and in anthologies published outside Iran in the 1980s. In 1983, she fled her country after a massive arrest of secular intellectuals, feminists, and political activists. She lived in refugee camps of Afghanistan and India for four years before ...more
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