Against Gravity by Farnoosh Moshiri

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 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 every 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 excessive novel, formidable in its achieve, exciting in its structural complexity and the sophistication of its narration. it's the hugely pleasant paintings of a mature author that would go away the reader short of extra. I loved it.” —Nuruddin Farah, writer of hyperlinks, and the Blood within the solar Trilogy

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I need more time. But I don’t have it, Ric. You understand? ” “All I know is fading away, Ric. All the books I’ve read— the poems. ” “Memory loss doesn’t happen in the early stages, Madison. Against Gravity ✦ 39 Stop being negative. Tell me more. What are you planning to do? Offer her money? ” Now we followed the smooth movement of the white boat. Farther in the distance, the water was darker blue and glowed with silver. What a blessing was life on this earth. ” “Yup. Girls are romantic, Madison.

But I saw her only twice and at wrong moments. Once, early in the morning I went to the bus stop to see her, but Mr. Thompson was there and she was complaining to him about her air conditioner. When Thompson left, her bus came, she ran toward it, and ignored me. The second time I saw her with her daughter, both carrying heavy grocery bags. I couldn’t talk in front of the girl. I said “hi” from my window and she said “hi” back. Then I didn’t see her for a few more days and early morning fevers prevented me from going to the bus stop.

Thompson’s rent for the hot box of the garage apartments and even the earrings were worth our electricity bills put together. 32 ✦ Fa r n o o s h M o s h i r i In the vacant parking lot, now darkened and deserted, my stairway was on the left and hers on the right. We stood in the middle to say goodbye. I remember that the moon slipped out of the dark clouds and brightened the night and I took it as a good omen. As I bent to kiss her lips, she raised her head to watch the moon and I changed my mind and decided not to take the risk.

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