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The adult debut from bestselling award winning young adult author Jaclyn Moriarty a freuently hilarious brilliantly observed novel that follows a single mother’s heartfelt search for greater truths about the universe her family and herselfTwenty years ago Abigail Sorenson’s brother Robert went missing one day before her sixteenth birthday never to be seen again That same year she began receiving scattered chapters in the mail of a self help manual the Guidebook whose anonymous author promised to make h. A wonderful heartwarming book yet heartbreaking at the same time Abigail a single mum to five year old Oliver has had some tragic times in her life First her brother disappeared when she was a teenager then she broke up with her husband the love of her life and gone through her parents divorce During all these times she's been receiving mysterious help through chapters of 'The Guidebook' a self help manual she started receiving about the time her brother disappeared Now twenty years later she's been invited to an all expenses paid retreat to finally learn the truth of 'The Guidebook' Abigail goes somehow convinced that 'The Guidebook' and her brothers disappearance are connected yet what she finds is something entirely different indeed She finds herself going to a series of seminars connected to 'The Guidebook' finds new friends and really starts to find herselfGravity Is The Thing is a lovely witty tale beautifully written and original Jaclyn Moriarty will make you laugh and she'll make you cry A compelling storyline that you wont want to put down you'll find yourself neglecting what you're supposed to be doing RecommendedMy thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

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Er life soar to heights beyond her wildest dreamsThe Guidebook’s missives have remained a constant in Abi’s life a befuddling yet oddly comforting voice through her family’s grief over her brother’s disappearance a move across continents the devastating dissolution of her marriage and the new beginning as a single mother and café owner in SydneyNow two decades after receiving those first pages Abi is invited to an all expenses paid weekend retreat to learn “the truth” about the Guidebook It’. 45The thing is this novel enthralled and surprised me in unexpected ways Gravity Is The Thing love the title is about many things beautifully pulled together in this first adult novel from Jaclyn Moriarty Abigail Sorensen began receiving the Guidebook twenty years prior the year her fifteen year old brother Robert disappeared never to be seen or heard from again Abi's now a thirty six year old single mother of a boy and the part owner of the Happiness Cafe in SydneyHer life revolves around her child and work She gets an opportunity to attend a free retreat organised by the son of the people who had been sending the Guidebook There she meets a mix of people although only a few of them will be chosen to attend a special seminar back in Sydney Is that some kind of pyramid scheme a cultThis novel is about finding your way and moving on when grief heartbreak over a failed marriage and the day to day struggles seem to cage youDespite the above the tone of the novel is very light with some amusing episodes I had a good chuckle at Abi's analysis of many very popular self help books such as The Secret The Celestine Profecy He's Just Not That Into You to name just a few I'm not doing this novel justice so I'll just sum it up by saying that it was surprising intelligent relatable touching uplifting and I loved every minute of the twelve hours plus I spent in its company I hope Jaclyn Moriarty will write novels for grown ups She's got a fan in me A huge shout out to Aimee Horne who was absolutely magnificent So now I've read novels by all the Moriarty sisters who write books three out of five are published writers They're a talented bunch The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight kind of pyramid scheme a cultThis novel is about finding your way and moving on when grief heartbreak over a failed marriage and the day to day struggles seem to cage youDespite the above the tone of the novel is very light with some amusing episodes I had a good chuckle at Abi's analysis of many very popular self help books such as The Secret The Celestine Profecy He's Just Not That Into You to name just a few I'm not doing this novel justice so I'll just sum it up by saying that it was surprising intelligent relatable touching uplifting and I loved every minute of the twelve hours plus I spent in its company I hope Jaclyn Moriarty will write novels for grown ups She's got a fan in me A huge shout out to Aimee Horne who was absolutely magnificent So now I've read novels by all the Moriarty sisters who write books three out of five are published writers They're a talented bunch

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S an opportunity too intriguing to refuse If Everything is Connected then surely the twin mysteries of the Guidebook and a missing brother must be linkedWhat follows is completely the opposite of what Abi expected––but it will lead her on a journey of discovery that will change her life––and enchant readers Gravity Is the Thing is a smart unusual wickedly funny novel about the search for happiness that will break your heart into a million pieces and put it back together bigger and better than befor. 35 STARSWhen I started this book I thought Wow I’m really going to love this bookBut then it petered off for meWe meet Abi who has been receiving “The Guidebook” in the mail for 20 years In fact she started receiving them the day her brother Robert disappeared Each month she received a new chapter for her to ponder and do activities She has been invited to a retreat all expenses paid by the son Wilbur of the originators of “The Guidebook” From there she joins Wilbur’s weekly groupI really loved the character of Abi she is a single Mom who lost her brother when he disappeared and then lost her husband through divorce Not a spoiler She was such a likeable messed up soul My favourite parts of the book were the back stories of Abi’s life Her time with the “group” as they learn the principles of gravity and flight I found to be tedious This book is ultimately about how to live life Abi spends a lot of time reading self help books and analyzing herself and her life There is definitely some poking fun at all these types of booksI do feel that the last 60 pages elevated the book for me I loved how the author brought it all togetherSo overall a good book that reuired patience on my part This book has been loved by many readers and I must admit I tend to feel guilty when I don’t feel the same way So read it and please and decide for yourselvesA line I loved“Headlights flared through the window flaring in my chest and I understood why Emily Dickinson’s poetry is so terse It hurts too much to carry on You keep coming up against the sharp you need a break a fence Niall’s silence like Robert’s grew from reprimand to something like punishment a scourging” Immigrants in Our Own Land keep coming up against the sharp you need a break a fence Niall’s silence like Robert’s grew from reprimand to something like punishment a scourging”


10 thoughts on “Gravity Is the Thing

  1. says:

    A wonderful heartwarming book yet heartbreaking at the same time Abigail a single mum to five year old Oliver has had some tragic times in her life First her brother disappeared when she was a teenager then she broke up with her husband the love of her life and gone through her parents divorce During all these times she's been receiving mysterious help through chapters of 'The Guidebook' a self help manual she started receiving about the time her brother disappeared Now twenty years later she's been invited to an all expenses paid retreat to finally learn the truth of 'The Guidebook' Abigail goes somehow convinced that 'The Guidebook' and her brothers disappearance are connected yet what she finds is something entirely different indeed She finds herself going to a series of seminars connected to 'The Guidebook' finds new friends and really starts to find herselfGravity Is The Thing is a lovely witty tale beautifully written and original Jaclyn Moriarty will make you laugh and she'll make you cry A compelling storyline that you wont want to put down you'll find yourself neglecting what you're supposed to be doing RecommendedMy thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review


  2. says:

    I thought this book was absolutely delightful I freuently wondered how much of the author was invested in Abigail her main character Surely to be able to write a person whose brain runs around in circles one would have to be a little that way oneself Personally I would love to meet Abi She was intelligent funny caring and original Someone very special Her story was alternately funny and sad and sometimes heartbreaking I admit to tears especially the scene in the hospital when the man I really wanted her to be with turned up to hold her hand What else to say but that I loved the whole book and will be thinking about it for days Jaclyn is one very talented author just like her sisters


  3. says:

    There is such a feeling of lightness and sense of joy in this book that it's impossible not to feel uplifted by it Moriarty's writing style is light and breezy funny but also heartbreaking at the same time and the characters are wholly original It felt like such a unusual premise for a novel that a random selection of young people have been selected to receive regular mailings of chapters of a self help guide for twenty years but somehow it worksAbi Sorensen received her letter asking if she would like to receive chapters of the Guidebook shortly before her brother Robert disappeared on the day before her sixteenth birthday In her mind the two events are linked and she's never got over the grief of not knowing what happened to her brother and has kept receiving the chapters year after year So when she receives an invitation to attend a retreat to hear the truth about the Guidebook she decides to go leaving her mother babysitting her four year old sonAt the time of the retreat Abi's life revolved around her young son and her wonderfully named Happiness Cafe who wouldn't want to go there? a single mother after separating from her duplicitous husband without any time for dating or a social life It was therefore lovely to watch her life and spirit lift as she made new friends through the Guidebook and learns to embrace life A lovely feel good book with a heart wrenching mystery which makes for very compelling reading 45★ With many thanks to Good Reading and Pan Macmillan Australia for a copy of this book to read


  4. says:

    OH MY FRAGILE HEARTGUHSo much love for this SO MUCHWhen I was younger I discovered Finding Cassie Crazy I didn't even realise it was a second book in a series I just fell instantly in love It was so witty and light and fun but it had real talk too and made you think long and hard about important thingsI loved this for all the same reasons and It was so incredibly relevant despite featuring a single mum I normally feel distanced from stories told by mothers but not so with this one Because it's a story about life and how sometimes it kinda just happens to you without you getting to have much sayI don't really want to say too much other than that it's beautifully written and uirky and disjointed but somehow so seamless so elegant and graceful and light There's true substance but it's not oppressive; it lifts you slowly and lowers you gently This is definitely going straight to the bestseller lists when it releases You'll be crazy to leave it sitting on the shelf An absolutely stunning read that left me with a lot to think about and reaffirmed my admiration for this author Can't wait to read what she writes next


  5. says:

    This is the story of Abigail Sorenson 35 years old mother of Oscar former lawyer and now the owner of The Happiness Cafe which only serves food that releases serotonins My kind of cafe She gets an invitation to an all expenses paid retreat on an island in the Bass Strait where she will learn the truth about chapters of a self help guide books she has been receiving since she was 15 Free holiday? Yes please So off she pops There she meets a disparate group of people including Niall who she has a brief relationship with and Wilbur who is running the retreat They do some weird activities to ‘find the balance’ and ‘learn to fly’ Yes indeed At this point I confess I nearly gave up but I have a defiant nature and so I kept going and although there are some parts I did not particularly enjoy there are others where I definitely did in particular the concept of learning to flying Part of the story deals with the loss of Abi’s brother Rob 15 who had just had a a diagnosis of MS Despite a police search no trace of him is found which clearly has a devastating effect on Abi and her very likeable parents Although these two aspects seem unconnected the ‘learning to fly’ helps Abi accept the loss The book has some very likeable characters especially Abi who is funny easy going uirky and very caring Oscar her son is utterly delightful and I love his expressions There are some funny sections and some good descriptions of people and place However a lot gets lost in over detail and there is some repetition as the story goes backwards and forwards in time I like the end where Abi sees that she can overcome her fears and learn to fly that there is hope that friendship is paramount and you can fulfil your dreams Overall an ok read interesting in places with a thoughtful premise but I’m not sure that it is a book I will remember for long Thank you to NetGalley and Atlantic Books for the ARC Publication on 2120


  6. says:

    45The thing is this novel enthralled and surprised me in unexpected ways Gravity Is The Thing love the title is about many things beautifully pulled together in this first adult novel from Jaclyn Moriarty Abigail Sorensen began receiving the Guidebook twenty years prior the year her fifteen year old brother Robert disappeared never to be seen or heard from again Abi's now a thirty six year old single mother of a boy and the part owner of the Happiness Cafe in SydneyHer life revolves around her child and work She gets an opportunity to attend a free retreat organised by the son of the people who had been sending the Guidebook There she meets a mix of people although only a few of them will be chosen to attend a special seminar back in Sydney Is that some kind of pyramid scheme a cult?This novel is about finding your way and moving on when grief heartbreak over a failed marriage and the day to day struggles seem to cage youDespite the above the tone of the novel is very light with some amusing episodes I had a good chuckle at Abi's analysis of many very popular self help books such as The Secret The Celestine Profecy He's Just Not That Into You to name just a few I'm not doing this novel justice so I'll just sum it up by saying that it was surprising intelligent relatable touching uplifting and I loved every minute of the twelve hours plus I spent in its company I hope Jaclyn Moriarty will write novels for grown ups She's got a fan in me A huge shout out to Aimee Horne who was absolutely magnificent So now I've read novels by all the Moriarty sisters who write books three out of five are published writers They're a talented bunch


  7. says:

    35 STARSWhen I started this book I thought Wow I’m really going to love this bookBut then it petered off for meWe meet Abi who has been receiving “The Guidebook” in the mail for 20 years In fact she started receiving them the day her brother Robert disappeared Each month she received a new chapter for her to ponder and do activities She has been invited to a retreat all expenses paid by the son Wilbur of the originators of “The Guidebook” From there she joins Wilbur’s weekly groupI really loved the character of Abi she is a single Mom who lost her brother when he disappeared and then lost her husband through divorce Not a spoiler She was such a likeable messed up soul My favourite parts of the book were the back stories of Abi’s life Her time with the “group” as they learn the principles of gravity and flight I found to be tedious This book is ultimately about how to live life Abi spends a lot of time reading self help books and analyzing herself and her life There is definitely some poking fun at all these types of booksI do feel that the last 60 pages elevated the book for me I loved how the author brought it all togetherSo overall a good book that reuired patience on my part This book has been loved by many readers and I must admit I tend to feel guilty when I don’t feel the same way So read it and please and decide for yourselvesA line I loved“Headlights flared through the window flaring in my chest and I understood why Emily Dickinson’s poetry is so terse It hurts too much to carry on You keep coming up against the sharp you need a break a fence Niall’s silence like Robert’s grew from reprimand to something like punishment a scourging”


  8. says:

    4 starsWhat a lovely lovely novelWell I need to back up The first 10% seemed completely hokey but then the story shifts and the beginning made sense and I fell in love with this novel and its narrator and I gobbled it up The story is told by Abi who at 37 is a single mother with than her share of sadness in her past But since she was 16 years old she had been receiving unsolicited chapters of a uirky self help book in the mail Now she is called to attend a reunion of all the other people who had been receiving chapters from the book Hokey see But there's far to the story than this unpromising beginning Abi is funny sad and introspective and the whole story is written from her lovely point of view The beginning of Abi's sadness was the disappearance of her brother when she turned 16 which is a mystery and ache than permeate the whole novel And the puzzling chapters and their provenance morph into a lovely subplot of human connections I'm trying to say enough without saying much because this is a lovely reading experience to be savoured as you go This novel is human philosophical sad and funny but it doesn't take itself too seriouslyThanks to Goodreads friend Bianca for bringing this one to my attention And thanks for Edelweiss for giving me access to an advance copy


  9. says:

    is a single mum trying to get on with her life and recognise her desire for love whilst bringing up her child as best she can Always doubting herself Everyone she had loved had left herAbi’s mind was always running around in circles and it always came back to Robert’s disappearanceThe mystery of Robert’s disappearance compelled me on until I discovered the relevance of the Guidebook and then this became another part of the story I was intrigued by and eager to find out where and if the two plots would joinMoriarty’s writing is clever witty calm erratic whimsical and chaotic changing as the writing reflects Abi’s moods She breaks all the rules of writing and pulls it off beautifullyGravity is the Thing is a story that explores grief and loss and just trying to do your best It’s about human connection coincidences and fate Moriarty is a keen observer of people and their foiblesThis is a thought provoking read that will definitely open up contemplation on a second readingI liked the double meaning in the title which becomes apparent as the story progressesGravity is the thing that prevents us from flying literallyGravity is the thing that prevents our spirit from flying and attaining happinessMoriarty has written a story that is tender and uniuely originalTo learn about the author you can read my interview with Jaclyn Moriarty here


  10. says:

    I loved every single thing about this and am bereft at its being over


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