Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Pull of Gravity -- Second Anniversary Highlights

Unbelievably -- well, at least to me -- we are coming up on the second anniversary of the release of my debut novel, THE PULL OF GRAVITY.

Getting published, especially by the legendary (and extraordinary) editor Frances Foster, has been a dream come true for me. I am endlessly humbled and grateful.

As my readers know, THE PULL OF GRAVITY is a contemporary, literary coming-of-age story, which means, "not splashy" and not always an easy sell. In a world where sales matter, you cannot imagine how grateful I am for everyone who has read and supported this book.

I'd like to spend the next few weeks leading up to my second anniversary -- May 11, to be exact -- highlighting some of my favorite reviews and moments from the book's first two years in publication.

A surprise connection to a previously-unknown relative! #goodthings

To be clear, these highlights will NOT be anything close to all-inclusive, and I will undoubtedly leave someone -- many someones -- whose support and love for the book truly matters to me, out. They are also in completely random order. If I have left you out and you'd like to be included, please flag me in a comment, and I will include you in a final highlight on the 11th!**

Also, on the 11th, I will draw from a random list of commenters to these posts, and give away a signed ARC of my next book, THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO, due spring 2014 from Algonquin, even if I have to give you my only copy. ARC's should be out by early fall.

With the extraordinary Paul W. Hankins, one of the book's biggest
supporters. Paul, I would have been lost without you.
(also, the lovely and talented Sarah Darer Littman)

Anyway, let me just say once again, how very grateful I am to everyone who has read my book, shared my book, and passed the name of the title on. The book has been shared in classrooms around the country (and in Canada!) ranging from the 5th to the 12th grades!

I'd be nowhere without you all. Don't I know it!

Today's additional highlighted review: Julie Musil's WRITING LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE PULL OF GRAVITY.

Thanks, Cole, Avery and Julie!

first bookstore sighting ever, with my wonderful husband who, yes,
is wearing a very outdated sweatshirt. 

With love.


** to be clear Mindy Janicke and Kelly Hager, you do not actually have to flag me. ;)


  1. Oh, Gae, thanks so much for the mention, and for linking over. Reading your book was such a pleasure, and I learned plenty from you. Happy anniversary!

  2. I like that you have a picture of Paul Hankins because his Facebook posts are where I first heard about your book! I have a copy from the library right now!

  3. Thanks, Julie! Your review was such a heartwarming surprise. :) Holly, there has been no bigger champion of my book than Paul. I really, truly will never be able to thank him. Hope you enjoy it!