Title: Against Gravity
Author: Farnoosh Moshiri
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Literary Fiction
Pages: 336 (Paperback)
Set in Houston in the 1980s, this harrowing novel follows the lives of three main characters – a pretentious intellectual dying of AIDS, a single mother who is a political refugee, and a one-eyed political activist turned counselor – as their live weave in and out and intertwine.
I found this to be well-written, from a literary standpoint, though it did drag on in some parts. The primary character, Madison, genuinely annoyed me and was incredibly hard to relate to. Roya’s story really touched me, but she interprets social interactions in a way that made her seem too naïve for her character development. Ric was the most well-rounded character of all of them, and I looked forward to getting to his parts of the book.
I do highly recommend this, but it’s too poignant for me to read over and over. I give it 4 out of 5 stars, though.
Reviewed by A. P. Bullard
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