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The Laws of Gravity [Kindle Edition]

Liz Rosenberg
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An exquisite tour de force, The Laws of Gravity is a testament to what it means to be a family, what it takes to save a life, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.

Two families, bound by blood. One decision holds the key to survival.

Nicole, red-haired and beautiful, discovers that her life is in danger. She turns to her cousin and childhood best friend Ari for the cord blood he's been banking for his own children. His decision brings them before the scales of justice. Solomon Richter, a state Supreme Court judge on the brink of mandatory retirement, finds himself embroiled in a legal battle unlike any other. A case that calls into question the very things we live for: family, loyalty, friendship and love.

It's Nicole's last chance, Ari's last stand, and the judge's last case.

A novel of heartbreaking honesty, humor and depth; an unforgettable story of justice and love: The Laws of Gravity heralds award-winning Liz Rosenberg as a new storytelling sensation.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Liz Rosenberg was born in Glen Cove, New York. She has written more than thirty books for adults and young readers, including novels, poetry, and nonfiction. For the past fifteen years she has been a book review columnist at The Boston Globe. Liz teaches at the State University of New York at Binghamton where she won the Chancellor’s Award for excellence in teaching. Her first husband was the late novelist John Gardner, author of Grendel. She lives in Binghamton, N.Y., with her husband, David, her daughter, Lily, and two shih tzus. Her son, Eli, lives in New York City as an actor and magician.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 866 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 297 Seiten
  • Verlag: Lake Union Publishing (7. Mai 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00A7GK4TE
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Liz Rosenberg wurde auf Long Island geboren und wuchs dort auf. Sie schrieb insgesamt über 30 Romane, Gedichte und Sachbücher für Erwachsene und junge Leser. Während der letzten 15 Jahre war sie als Buchkritikerin für »The Boston Globe« tätig. Die Autorin ist Dozentin in der Englischabteilung der Binghamton University und war Gastdozentin in vielen Ländern der Welt.
Liz Rosenberg war in erster Ehe mit dem großen amerikanischen Romancier John Gardner verheiratet, bekannt durch seine Bücher »Grendel«, »Nickel Mountain« oder »How to Become a Novelist«. Heute lebt sie mit ihrem Mann und ihrer Tochter Lily in Binghampton, New York.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Laws of Gravity by Liz Rosenberg 11. Juni 2013
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I liked this novel very much. You can get an impression about the Jewish society in the US. It is also a very interesting novel about family and their bindings. It makes you think how would I react when it comes to the required decision.

To recommend!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Silly story - don't bother 11. Juni 2013
Von 27Cathy10
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I hate to give this rating. After all - I did buy the book and read it. However, all I can say is that it is a second rate book for (at the most) high school readers. Ms. Rosenberg tries to deal with a complex issue (Cord-blood), and is obviously in way over her head. Jodi Picoult has done this, and done it better. Relationships are disappointingly superficial and messy. The whole reading experience was like watching a cheap sitcom with bad acting. Sorry. Can't recommend it.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The law cannot compel altruism. 1. Mai 2013
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This novel centers on a legal question: can someone be forced to give cord blood (or other body parts) to a relative? And the moral dilemma: how could they refuse to help a family member in desperate need? Nicole and Ari are cousins and have been close throughout their lives. Now Nicole is sick and needs the last chance of cure that may be found in Ari's son Julian's cord blood. At first he agrees to let her use the banked blood, but then Julian has a health scare that makes Ari retract his promise. Does Nicole have the RIGHT to that blood? How can Ari withhold it from her when it holds the possibility of her health and life vs pain and death. He stands alone against a legal team and the state Supreme Court judge who is hearing his last case before retirement.

Halfway through the book I was getting so irritated by the characters, especially Nicole, that I almost stopped reading it. Melodramatic and manipulative, the author tries to get the reader to a high moral ground and to root for Nicole's case against her cousin. I really did not care for ANY of the stereotypical characters in the novel, nor was their portrayal believable. Too much angsting. Aside from the annoying reminder of how beautiful and good Nicole was (as opposed to her mean, hulking, selfish cousin), I really didn't ever become fully engaged with the drama playing out. The book became more of a morality lecture with religious sermons about conscience, purpose, duty, and being a "brother's keeper" from the Jewish point of view.

If you like Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and some of the other female authors who write about family drama, then you would enjoy this novel.

PS - I chose this book because I am currently having a bone marrow drive at the school where I work. Donors join the National Bone Marrow Registry and may be called to donate if they match someone who has the need. Their consent to be swabbed, and their registration, is voluntary. Even if they later prove a match, they can remove themselves from the registry and elect not to go through with the donation. The choice of giving their marrow must be FREE WILL. You can encourage people to help others, but you can't MAKE them do it. I also believe it is wrong to try to "guilt" someone into giving -- and I am glad there are laws that prevent the government and the courts from forcing people to do whatever they decide is the "right and just thing."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely beautiful- reads like poetry in novel form 9. Mai 2013
Von luvmygirls - Veröffentlicht auf
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Liz Rosenberg was a professor of mine when I attended Binghamton University in the 80's and I loved her classes. As my children grew up I read them all of her children's books while fondly remembering her "Writing for Children" creative writing class. I read about the publication of this novel in an alumni magazine and pre-ordered it right away. Once again my former professor amazed me. I became so engrossed in this novel that I found myself sneaking chapters through out the day like a thief! The story was so unique and contemporary, a family arguing in court over 'cord-blood' that could possibly save a members life. A heartbreaking novel that really made me want to do some legal research of my own just to follow up on the possibilities. This would make an excellent book for a book club. It is full of debatable plot points, religious viewpoints, life lessons, love lessons, foreshadowing and literary techniques galore. It is so rich and beautiful that I think I will have to read it again right away just to make sure I didn't miss anything! My kindle is highlighted and annotated but there is always more beauty to find in a novel that is this gorgeously written. Wow-this story and these characters will stay in my mind for a long time, and they are welcome to linger.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Hard to read if you are a lawyer 1. Juni 2013
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Did she not have an editor to review the legal details? Just about everything is wrong in the way she describes how a case is handled in NY State courts. The judge's opinion is practically unreadable if you've ever studied real judges' opinions. She proves the old adage, "write about things you know" -- and if you stray from that, find a really good editor who knows what you don't know. Everything that had to do with the court case (which was pretty central to the book) was pure frustration to read.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen One of the worst books I've ever forced myself to read 11. Januar 2014
Von L Voelker - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have to say, after the first chapter the only reason I read this book was to find out if the author really was ridiculous enough to reveal the entire plot in one chapter. And indeed, you can essentially guess everything that happens from the get go. The characters are either saints or devils (there's no complexity), and the plot is generic and bland. I wish I could say the the writing rescues it, but honestly this would have benefited from some major revisions. It seemed like sometimes the author was like "hey, I haven't been poetic in a while, why don't I randomly insert some nice words here" or "I think my readers are too dumb to figure out what I just hinted at, why don't I spell everything out so they don't have to think at all."

Bottom line: if you're looking for a plot that will never surprise you, awkward religious overtones, characters who never leave you wondering if they are more than caricatures, forced emotions, and just ok writing, this book is probably going to be a favorite. I'd say this is kind of a Jodi Picoult style book, but about half as well done. It's been a while since I've read anything in this genre, so I unfortunately can't recommend anything that you should read instead.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Read! 24. Mai 2013
Von Mary Rose Webster - Veröffentlicht auf
The Laws of Gravity is an utterly engrossing read. Its exploration of the fragile nature of family loyalty and its significance in our lives is a subject that touches us all. The story centers around Nicole and her extended family, and that is riveting enough. But by introducing the judge as a central character, Rosenberg has added unexpected richness to the narrative. I enjoyed the window into Nicole's Long Island Jewish family--the aunt with so many Christmas decorations in her living room that her guests thought they had come to the wrong house. I read the last few pages of The Laws of Gravity in bed on Mother's Day morning. Only later did I realize how appropriate that was.
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