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Dancing with Gravity

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Painting an unforgettable portrait of the grand and petty motivations of the human heart, this poignant novel tells the story of Father Samuel Whiting, who simply exists, asleep in his own life, adrift in a loneliness of his own creation. When a circus comes to town and his self-imposed isolation is shattered, he gradually awakens to a world of possibility, embarking on a ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Blank Slate Press (first published March 1st 2011)
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Sadie Forsythe
I should start by mentioning that I'm not at all religious (academically interested, but not a believer in any of the Books), so I was admittedly a little skeptical about reading a story with a priest as the main character. However, though there are a few homilies here and there and Whiting's faith is an important aspect of the book, I didn't feel preached at or that the book's main intent was actually to 'spread the good word' or revel in the mutual beliefs of the author and reader. (Both of wh ...more
Elizabeth A.
I’m not exactly a religious person, and almost never read books that could be labeled “Christian Fiction,” but there was something about the description of Dancing with Gravity, the debut novel from Anene Tressler, that made me think this one was somehow a little different than the typical genre offering.

Dancing with Gravity tells the story of Father Samuel Whiting, a Catholic priest who finds himself approaching middle age only to discover he’s not entirely sure how he got to where he is in lif
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Mentally draining, thought-provoking, and utterly fascinating are the descriptions that come to mind after reading Anene Tressler's Dancing with Gravity. An International Book Awards 2011 Literary Fiction Winner, Dancing with Gravity immerses the reader into the novel through rich descriptions (some of which caused giggling on my part):
"Whiting took his ice cream and stepped over to the trash barrel to unwrap it. The wafer stuck to the paper so that each time he lifted a piece of the wrapper,
This novel examines a priest's life, and I'll admit, I found it difficult reading. I'm not sure if it challenged me because the priest's interior life had conflicts or if it was a result of what the conflicts were.

In the end, I enjoyed it. It's character-driven and it made me consider the challenges of a priest's vocation in a more ongoing way.
I could not finish this book, it simply was not for me at all, however I have seen reviews were people love this book, so check reviews. I chose to spotlight the book on my book review blog Rundpinne
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