By Farnoosh Moshiri
Set in Houston within the mid-1980s, opposed to Gravity is a harrowing tale of 3 lives colliding— Madison Kirby, an indignant, demise highbrow; Ric Cardinal, a social employee devoted to supporting others yet affected 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 each 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 extreme novel, bold in its achieve, interesting in its structural complexity and the sophistication of its narration. it's the hugely gratifying paintings of a mature author that would depart the reader in need of extra. I loved it.” —Nuruddin Farah, writer of hyperlinks, and the Blood within the sunlight Trilogy
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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. The picture was out of time and place, but white was her color.
I tried to explain what I meant by “benign indifference of the universe” and, as if feeling offended, she became defensive and began to tell me that her German was better than her English and she knew a little Russian too, but her English was much better than her Russian. Then to change the subject I asked her how her past few days had been. She said she had found a job at a shirt-painting company, but this was just temporary. The employment agency was going to find her something better. She said she had a degree in comparative literature and wished she could enter a doctoral program here.
I had shivers now. Father lay his palm on my head, and his warm life entered my frozen blood. He spoke worriedly with a doctor who had come to our house. “Will he be well soon? ” He loved me, then; he loved me, I thought in delirium. He had given me life and he was worried about me and he loved me more than anyone in this world. Now I looked up at the bell tower of the university; someone on the top was shouting. I ran out of the library and screamed, “Dad . . Dad . . ,” and saw other people running, calling for help.