Gravity by Leanne Lieberman
(Young Adult Novels)

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Ellie Gold is an orthodox Jewish teenager living in Toronto in the late eighties. Ellie has no doubts about her strict religious upbringing until she falls in love with another girl at her grandmother's cottage. Aware that homosexuality clashes with Jewish observance, Ellie feels forced to either alter her sexuality or leave her community. Meanwhile, Ellie's mother, Chana, becomes convinced she has a messianic role to play, and her sister, Neshama, chafes against the restrictions of her faith. Ellie is afraid there is no way to be both gay and Jewish, but her mother and sister offer alternative concepts of God that help Ellie find a place for herself as a queer Jew.

About Leanne Lieberman

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Leanne Lieberman grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work has previously been published in The Windsor Review, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review and other magazines. Leanne's novel Gravity was her master's thesis at the University of Windsor. Leanne works as a teacher in Kingston, Ontario, where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Published June 4, 2013 by Orca Book Publishers. 280 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ellie slowly realizes that for her, Judaism is the same as her beloved geology and oceanography: “When I pray, the words reverberate...They ground me, like bull kelp...rooted to the ocean floor, yet still moving, undulating in the waves.” At the end, Judaism and gayness meld, with a touch of swee...

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And what a potential life saver for young (and not so young) people just coming out and trying to figure out how to remain faithful—to their religion(s) and to themselves.

May 27 2009 | Read Full Review of Gravity (Young Adult Novels)

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