Abigail Sorenson’s brother Robert went missing one day before her sixteenth birthday. That same year, she began receiving scattered chapters in the mail of a self-help manual, the Guidebook. Now, two decades after receiving those first pages, Abi is invited to an all-expenses paid weekend retreat to learn "the truth” about the Guidebook. If Everything is Connected, then surely the twin mysteries of the Guidebook and a missing brother must be linked?
Bestselling young adult novelist Jaclyn Moriarty brings her unfettered imagination and a buoyant sense of humor to Gravity Is the Thing. She explores difficult subjects, such as the loss of a sibling, with a light touch. As Abi accepts an invitation to re-examine her life, readers may laugh, cry and even reflect on their own paths of discovery.
Moriarty soars in this raw, dryly funny adult debut ... Moriarty offers an examination of modern womanhood, a satire of the self-help industry and a searing exploration of unresolved grief ... At its heart, Moriarty's complex and nimble plot serves as a vehicle for a deeper story of the devastating, lifelong trauma caused by a great loss ... Abi relates the exhaustion and isolation of grief in wry but heartrending detail. Redemptive and hopeful, Gravity Is the Thing announces the arrival of a fresh, funny and perceptive voice in adult fiction.
... utterly unique ... Moriarty’s characters are delightfully fun and quirky, with Wilbur’s attempt to carry out his parents’ dream a heartening subplot. Though this book may beg comparison to the suspenseful work of her sisters Liane and Nicole, this Moriarty’s graceful discourse on joy is more likely to please readers of Marian Keyes and Maria Semple.