Friday, December 08, 2017
Gravity, by Leanne Lieberman
I have a soft spot for intelligent books about faith. And while this one doesn't resolve its central crisis, it introduces and explores it in a very informed way. Orthodox Judaism would be easy to caricature or demonize (think of the novel Hush) and Lieberman touches on some of the community's darker corners. But the key focus of the story is the spiritual journey of Ellie and her family -- each of whom have slightly different paths to explore. I also appreciate that as far removed from her faith as Ellie got, Lieberman still wanted to depict the tie it holds over her and honor that rather than see it as a burden. This is not a story about breaking free from faith, but of finding new meaning in faith.