In DEFYING GRAVITY, thirty-something TV news producer Miranda Tyler finds herself on an emotionally rocky road trip after being ditched by her fiancé on a mountaintop near Jasper. There, she's befriended by Indrin Krishnayya, a short order cook with aspirations to the priesthood, who asks her for a lift to the west coast. Miranda agrees but their journey is further rerouted when a small town priest asks them to help Edmond Rebero, a Rwandan refugee who has just escaped the genocide in his country and who has been working as a tree planter in the BC interior.
What follows is at the same time a journey through the brilliant mountain landscape of the Canadian Rockies and an internal journey -- a thoughtful, moving and often funny exploration of spiritual yearning, love, friendship, and the pure power of understanding what it means to be connected to the human family, even in the face of worlds ending.
Published by Coteau Books in 2000, Defying Gravity received enthusiastic reviews across Canada and was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year.
"Deeply engrossing, a terrific read. This is a marvellous new Canadian author."
- Roy Bonisteel
"Jennifer Wynne Webber is a bright, witty new voice. Her talent, demonstrated in Defying Gravity should bring pleasure to her readers for a long time to come."
- Sharon Butala
"...it's good: a dry, quiet Canadian Beat tale."
- Barbara Leslie
"At turns wistfully romantic, insightful and humorous (especially Miranda's caustic observations on her ex-lovers) Defying Gravity is a satisfying read".
- Greg Beatty
"...an engaging first novel by a writer with something of value to say about the society spawned by the tempestuous 20th century."
- Verne Clemence