Title: Dancing with Gravity
Author: Anene Tressler
A haunting look inside the mind of a Catholic priest, adrift in his own life, oblivious to the world around him. Father Sam Whiting is questioning who he is, his faith and his loyalty to his vows. His secretary, inherited from the priest who occupied his post of head of Pastoral Care at a hospital, compares everything he does to his predecessor and feels free to criticize him at every turn. His mother (quite the scam artist!) lives alone with her dogs and calls him nearly every day to make sure he doesn’t miss their weekly dinner together. One of his best friends from the seminary has cancer and doesn’t seem to want to talk to Sam about it.
When a local order of nuns inherits a circus from an eccentric old lady, they call on Sam to say mass for the workers and performers. The hospital also wants him to help coordinate some of the public relations with Sarah, a woman he finds attractive. As Sam gets to know her, he becomes disillusioned and tries to find someone else to form a bond with. What he finds is Nikolai, the mysterious trapeze artist at the circus. Sarah has formed a bond with Nikolai, too. One that Father Sam does not approve of, but cannot find the words to express.
As his life spirals out of control, Sam has to face everything it means to be a priest, son, co-worker and confidant. Anene Tressler writes a compelling story and gives an incredible insight into the mind of a man of faith. I urge everyone to look for this book. Look for this book to win awards!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*