By Farnoosh Moshiri
Set in Houston within the mid-1980s, opposed to Gravity is a harrowing tale of 3 lives colliding— Madison Kirby, an offended, death highbrow; Ric Cardinal, a social employee devoted to assisting others yet stricken by the son he can't shop; and Roya, a suffering Iranian immigrant who has traveled for years in the course of the war-torn heart East to reach in Texas to eke out the main tenuous lifestyles for herself and her daughter. They each one inform in their personal lives, but as their tales intertwine a portrait of shared fight and loss emerges. A devastating and lovely novel. “AGAINST GRAVITY is an severe novel, bold in its achieve, interesting in its structural complexity and the sophistication of its narration. it's the hugely pleasing paintings of a mature author that might go away the reader short of extra. I loved it.” —Nuruddin Farah, writer of hyperlinks, and the Blood within the sunlight Trilogy
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Neither of us had a car to go anywhere farther, I said. She agreed, but said that she had to get her daughter ready. I didn’t want the daughter with us, but didn’t say anything. She was in the bedroom for a long time—longer than it should take a big child to get ready—and I heard hushed and nervous conversation. At last a door banged, something fell in the bathroom sink and broke, and Roya came out, face flushed. Against Gravity ✦ 29 “We can go,” she said. ” She had on the same white pants with a white T-shirt that had a hand-painted picture of a Christmas tree.
What a blessing was life on this earth. ” “Yup. Girls are romantic, Madison. Even the tough ones. ” He was right. What could I say? And who could make anyone love anyone? The waiter stood above our heads with an enormous tray on his shoulder. The plates were big and piled with food. Ric attacked his lobster, broke the joints, sucked the marrow, and licked the shells. He ate with absolute dedication and looked like a mythical monster, a cyclops, feasting on raw meat, juice running down his beard.
I knew that he had Against Gravity ✦ 43 written a long poem or a series of poems about angels, and once I used to know a few lines by heart. ” “Oh, the damn poem, all of the damned poems have escaped my mind. ” she asked innocently. “I didn’t take care of it,” I said and laughed. Then instead of doing something to make her like me (as Ric Cardinal had suggested), I began to tell her all about my past drug use and my rotten lifestyle in New York. I went into detail about the bars and nightclubs, needles, and even that LSD trip in which demons followed me in a dark maze.
Against Gravity by Farnoosh Moshiri