Debut - The Pull of Gravity ( Goodreads )
Author – Gae Polisner Genre – Contemporary/Literary
Release Date – 10th of May 2011
Avaliable - The Book Depository / The Nile
While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized, first-edition copy of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.
Will they find what they set out for, or merely discover the crappy truth about best-laid plans?
The Insiders Scoop ( Author's Secrets)
Since I’ve already shared some stupid personal facts, thought I’d share some stupid book facts. Maybe they’re less stupid. That’d be cool. ;)
1) Germination: The first spark of an idea for the story in The Pull of Gravity came years ago when I read an article about an obese guy who had set out to walk from California to New York in an effort to lose weight. I was like, “that’s cool, but dude, what about your family?” Nick became the fictional son whose dad was taking off on a similar (though shorter) quest, to be told from Nick’s perspective. Of course, the story *totally* morphed from there. But, the original working title of the book on my computer was Fat Man Walking.
2) Cool coincidence? The name of the Scoot’s father who Nick & Jaycee search for is Guy, a pretty unusual name, right? When I was researching rare, first editions of Of Mice and Men for the book – which had to have the exact conditions in mine to make it as valuable including be inscribed by John Steinbeck – I found one in a rare books store in England on line. The inscription on the inside from Steinbeck? To a man named Guy.
3) Admiring Nod: One of the important things that happens in the story when Nick and Jaycee reach the hotel in Rochester is a direct homage to a book called Don’t Take Teddy by Babbis Friis-Baastad, the first novel I read cover to cover and could not put down when I was eight years old.
4) Wink & a Nod: The “scary” scene on the bus on the way home from Rochester is an inside joke to my first agent who made a suggestion I wouldn’t follow.
5) What’s in a Name? I don’t know how most my characters’ names come to me, but I do know why I picked Nick’s last name to be Gardner. If you read the book and are curious, you can email me, and see if you can guess why.
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