From Publishers Weekly
Peggy Rambach's powerful second novel, Fighting Gravity (after When the Animals Leave), is based on her marriage to novelist Andre Dubus. At 19, Ellie Rifkin meets and falls in love with volatile 41-year-old Gerard Babineau, a hard-drinking writer recently separated from his second wife. The narrative alternates between their whirlwind romance and the trauma of a car accident years later that leaves Babineau in a wheelchair. Ellie at times seems like a ghost hovering just outside the story, trying to make sense of her love for the intense, often cruel man who has consumed her life.
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From Library Journal
What is it about New England? The cold winters, a profusion of colleges, hoary old traditions, the veneration of Salinger, something in the water? Once again, a young Jewish coed is seduced by an arrogant older professor who becomes more abusive, bitter, and distant until tragedy hastens the end of their relationship. The professor, naturally, is a neurotic, alcoholic veteran. Although the plot, characters, and settings are quite similar to Terry Farish's A House in Earnest (LJ 4/15/00), also published by Steerforth, its tone is even more intimate. This highly charged story, based on the author's marriage to Andre Dubus, covers a wide emotional spectrum, drawing on her increasing confusion, frustration, and anger without becoming a soap opera or a screed. This book will have particular appeal to Joyce Maynard fans and is recommended for medium to large public and academic libraries. Jim Dwyer, California State Univ., Chico
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