Gravity Is the Thing

by Jaclyn Moriarty

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LoveReading Expert Review of Gravity Is the Thing

A LoveReading Star Book, it’s unique, quirky, and absolutely gorgeous!

If books were friends (and more than a few are) then I feel as though I have met the most wonderfully quirky forever friend. Gravity is the Thing is a complete joy of a book, and one that refuses to be pigeonholed into a genre. Abi, a Sydney cafe owner, has been invited to attend a retreat to learn the truth about ‘The Guidebook’, chapters have been arriving since she was a teen, and have kept her company in the darkest of times. The book floats between 1990 and 2010, and as Abi opens up her life, she revisits, examines, and searches for answers. Jaclyn Moriarty writes with the most beautiful eloquence, sharp pointed observations sit alongside the tightest of warm hugs. I wanted to meander, to wander, to eke out my reading time, and yet hoover up the words and the feelings they created in one heady go. I contemplated loss and grief, I smiled, laughed, and believed… oh how I believed! Gravity is the Thing is different (in the best possible way), and I predict that this will be one of my favourite books of the year. So, as well as being one of our Books of the Month, it has also been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book. It really is that gorgeous! 

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Gravity Is the Thing Synopsis

'Clever and magical' - Women's Weekly 'Author Jaclyn is the sister of Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) and has the same talent for great plots. This unusual novel tugs at the heartstrings.' - Good Housekeeping Twenty 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 from a mysterious guidebook, whose anonymous authors promised to make her life soar to heights beyond her wildest dreams. These 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 cafe owner in Sydney. Now, two decades after receiving those first pages, Abi is invited to learn 'the truth' about the book. It's an opportunity too intriguing to refuse - she believes its absurdity and her brother's disappearance must be connected. What follows is an entirely unexpected journey of discovery that will change Abi's life - and enchant readers. Gravity Is the Thing is a smart, unusual, wickedly funny novel - heart-warming and life-affirming.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781760870881
Publication date: 9th July 2020
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Primary Genre Relationship Stories
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Gravity Is the Thing Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

A unique, special and thought-provoking read.

From the front cover to the last page, this book is truly unique. Unlike so many plots it doesn't seem to follow the normal path and with each turn of the page, you wonder where Moriarty will take you. There is no obvious or predictable storyline here.
It is a real mixture of humour and funny anecdotes intermixed with a serious insight into how to deal with loss or bringing up a child alone.
I loved Abi's asides and her witty observations about everyone she meets. What is clever about the book is how Moriarty manages to run two or three stories in parallel so successfully - her childhood, her relationships and the day to day life with her son and the bizarre following of the 'guidebook' and its consequences. Initially, I wanted to read about her relationships and 'real-life' but as the book developed the significance of the search for flight and its inevitable consequences took hold.
Definitely not a quick bedtime read but one you should find to curl up with and absorb.


A quirky and enjoyable read!

This story follows Abi through her late childhood to adulthood. When she was a teenager, her brother Robert disappeared; she was very close to him so she struggled to come to terms with his disappearance. Soon after this happens, she starts to mysteriously receive pages in the post from ‘The Guidebook’ which gives her self-help guidance and tasks. This goes on for a number of years, until one day she receives an invitation to a retreat to find out the truth about the Guidebook.

The character of Abi is very likeable; she tries her best for her son while trying to find out the truth about herself, her family and the world around her. Although, I enjoyed this book it is definitely quirky. At some points it feels like it’s not going anywhere, but then suddenly the story progresses. Definitely a different read!

Nicola Coen

A book that will stay with me for some time. Beautifully written, funny in parts and most certainly moving. A story of discovery. It's most certainly thought-provoking, magical, different to anything else. It was a privilege to read.

A debut novel for adult readers. This is a multi-dimensional story about cafe owner Abi and her search for happiness. On her 16th birthday, Abi's brother Robert went missing and on the same day, she received a self-help book promising to change her life. Now years later, Abi is on a quest to learn more about the mysterious book she's been using to guide her.

Not a quick read by any means, its a story about loss, love, grief, friendship and discovery. A story that perhaps beneath it all is there to try and help not only the character but the reader.

Beautifully written, funny in parts and most certainly moving. At times the book is quite slow-paced and there could be parts that could be skimmed, whereby others I was craving to uncover more. To be honest, it's quite different to books I've read before, and I think it's going to be loved by many.

I hope the future is bright for Abigail, a story I would recommend. It's most certainly thought-provoking, magical and different to anything else. It was a privilege to read.

Katie Macaulay

Jaclyn Moriarty Press Reviews

GRAVITY IS THE THING is a beautiful, lyrical curiosity of a book. It's about loss and hope, but it's deliciously funny, too, and the writing is so fantastic I found myself reading passages out loud just to savour them. -- Beth O'Leary 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. - BookPage - starred review

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. In between adorable moments with her mercurial toddler and quirky excerpts from The Guidebook, 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. -- Jaclyn Fulwood - Shelf-Awareness

With an eye as keen for human idiosyncrasies as Miranda July's, and a sense of humor as bright and surprising as Maria Semple's, this is a novel of pure velocity; it sucks the reader into Abi's problems and her joys in equal, brilliant measure. A complex dissection of the self-help industry, as well as a complete and moving portrait of a difficult, delightful woman, Moriarty proves her adult novels can live up to her YA work's reputation. (July) - Publishers Weekly - starred review

Here, Jaclyn Moriarty has given readers a tender and exhilarating tale of what becomes possible when you dare to believe in the impossible. GRAVITY IS THE THING brims with mystery and enchantment on every page. This book will leave readers breathless and aching for more. -- Meghan MacLean Weir, author of THE BOOK OF ESSIE I am in love with this hilarious and tender story about characters who enchanted and surprised me up to the last page. Gravity is the Thing will lift you up and leave you wondering if the most impossible ideas are actually the heart of everything. -- Mary Adkins, author of WHEN YOU READ THIS The main character's revelations are personal to her situation but really feel universal. The writing is exceptional, and the story is thoughtful. This book is a rare literary achievement. Find a copy. -- Seema R. - NetGalley US

Jaclyn Moriarty's hilarious, incandescent novel Gravity Is the Thing takes us along on Abigail (Abi) Sorensen's quest to find balance in her life after a family tragedy. [...] Moriarty's originality and humor flow on every page of this wise take on loss and healing. -- Elfrieda Abbe - Star Tribune (US)

A dazzling, imaginative novel filled with extraordinary heart and wisdom from Jaclyn Moriarty. [...] Astonishing. Poignant. Life-affirming. [...] A story with extraordinary heart, warmth and wisdom. -

A thoughtful, beautifully written, truly original, and often hilarious meditation on loss, hope, the self-help industry, and the difficulties of navigating life on earth. -- Emily St. John Mandel (author of STATION ELEVEN) A brilliant, beautiful, hilarious, heartbreaking, extraordinary book. I say this without bias, only awe. -- Liane Moriarty I loved this book. It's rare for me to have no idea where a story is headed but I only knew that I didn't want it to end. Funny, heartbreaking and clever with a mystery at its heart. - Jojo Moyes

It is ASTONISHINGLY WONDERFUL and magical and moving and uplifting and DIFFERENT . . . an instant classic . . . It literally might be my most favourite book of all time. - Marian Keyes

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About Jaclyn Moriarty

Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia and studied in the United States and England. She spent four years working as a media and entertainment lawyer and is now writing full time. Jaclyn is the author of bittersweet teen bestsellers FEELING SORRY FOR CELIA, FINDING CASSIE CRAZY and BECOMING BINDY MACKENZIE.

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