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Gravity

by Leanne Lieberman

Orca Book Publishers | November 1, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 280 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: November 1, 2008

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554690498

ISBN - 13: 9781554690497

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Gravity

by Leanne Lieberman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 280 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: November 1, 2008

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554690498

ISBN - 13: 9781554690497

About the Book

Winner of the So You Think You Can Write? Orca Book Publishers Novel Contest.

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"All through dinner a silent rage courses through me. Judaism says I am an abomination, yet God and His commandments are supposed to be good. Mrs. Lowenstein says I can change, but I''ve tried and it didn''t work. Neshama says God is just an idea made up by stupid men who say women can''t love other women. What is God anyway? Some big guy in the sky? The creator? Creator of what? I know dinosaur bones are older than the Torah."

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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.

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"All through dinner a silent rage courses through me. Judaism says I am an abomination, yet God and His commandments are supposed to be good. Mrs. Lowenstein says I can change, but I''ve tried and it didn''t work. Neshama says God is just an idea made up by stupid men who say women can''t love other women. What is God anyway? Some big guy in the sky? The creator? Creator of what? I know dinosaur bones are older than the Torah." Winner of So You Think You Can Write? Orca Book Publishers Novel contest. Is there any room in Orthodox Judaism for a distinctly unorthodox Jewish teenager? Ellie Gold has always embraced her faith-at least until she meets Lindsay. Faced with denying her sexuality or abandoning her community, Ellie looks to her mother, sister and grandmother to guide her, but in the end, her decisions are all her own.

Appropriate for ages: 12

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