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Antonia Willis, the twenty year-old protagonist of Fighting Gravity, has grown up in the shadow of her single activist mother, Julia, who is strong, charismatic, yet inaccessible. As a teenager, Antonia struggles: does she accept her mother as a role model, as she feels sure her mother wants, or does she try to conform to her peers, who wile away their afternoons reading Cosmo and watching Oprah? Instead, she learns guitar riffs from her pot-smoking neighbor and spends her afternoons refining a sexy but tough image in the mirror. At college, Antonia befriends fellow musicians, Liz and Jerome, and the three form a band, hang out in Lizs attic apartment analyzing whether they actually share genetic material with their parents, drink coffee at Henrys, their favorite diner, and use up their fifteen minutes performing at Kats Club in Chicago.
The story rocks its way through the trios friendship, its endurance through some shattering challenges with respect to their families, their sexuality, and their own relationships and the pull for each of them to find their own way after college. Antonia seeking independence but longing for companionship and community discovers it through a tumultuous year living in a racially diverse neighborhood in Washington, D.C. A steamy romance, a neighborhood mystery, and a stunning discovery of about her mothers past force Antonia to throw out cliches and to view her new world through a wider and more empathetic lens.
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Sarah Posner lives outside Washington, D.C. Fighting Gravity is her first book.
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