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, loss of life highbrow; Ric Cardinal, a social employee devoted to aiding others yet stricken by the son he can't retailer; and Roya, a suffering Iranian immigrant who has traveled for years during the war-torn center East to reach in Texas to eke out the main tenuous existence for herself and her daughter. They every one inform in their personal lives, but as their tales intertwine a portrait of shared fight and loss emerges. A devastating and gorgeous novel. “AGAINST GRAVITY is an excessive novel, bold in its achieve, interesting in its structural complexity and the sophistication of its narration. it's the hugely pleasant paintings of a mature author that would depart the reader short of extra. I loved it.” —Nuruddin Farah, writer of hyperlinks, and the Blood within the sunlight Trilogy
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I hunched to pick it up and I looked inside. Grandpa stood in front of a black box, working. But behind him there was a shadow on the wall—a tall, dark shadow, waiting. I got scared and ran away. ” “I do. But I don’t think he is merciful. He is indifferent and forgetful. ” “Exactly. ” “Because I’ve always imagined that if I’m falling—and I’ve been falling for a while now—there must be a hand with a soft, enormous palm that would hold me midway and prevent me from crashing. But now the same hand is pushing me out, Ric.
Now I found myself in my father’s arms. He pressed me to his chest like a baby. “Daddy, Daddy,” I cried. I was a big child then. Twelve. I sat under the piano and rubbed my body against Mother’s bare calf. ” In my tight shelter under the moving hammers I felt the evening descending and the light dimming. The darkest of all the blues had covered the sky and soon Father would come, carrying that blue light inside with him and the piano would cease playing and Mother would become silent for the rest of the night.
He ate with absolute dedication and looked like a mythical monster, a cyclops, feasting on raw meat, juice running down his beard. ” “Nothing. ” I realized that I’d forgotten to ask him about his son. ” “Nineteen. He was here with me. I monitored his medication and gave him a little job at the office. ” “He has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was in bad shape when he left and his mother is no help. ” “We’ll see. What can I do, huh? ” “You talk about powerlessness. See for yourself. I raised a kid and he turned out crazy.
Against Gravity by Farnoosh Moshiri