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Jaclyn Moriarty has a bone to pick with her sister, Liane

Jaclyn Moriarty has a bone to pick with her sister, Liane

Beloved young adult and children’s author Jaclyn Moriarty is back with her first novel for adults since 2004’s I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes. It’s called Gravity is the Thing, and begins as a woman travels to an exclusive, mysterious wellness retreat.

Jaclyn’s sister and fellow novelist, Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, also published a new novel recently. It’s called Nine Perfect Strangers, and beings as a woman travels to an exclusive, mysterious wellness retreat.

Can you see why Moriarty family dinners might have turned a little tense?

Jaclyn Moriarty joined the Good Reading Podcast to discuss her new novel, the self-help book that gave her the idea for the story, and the conversation she had with Liane about their rather similar plot ideas.

Gravity is the Thing follows a Sydney café owner named Abigail, who has been receiving chapters of a strange self-help book called The Guidebook in the mail ever since she was 16. On the eve of her 36th birthday, Abigail is summoned to an island off Tasmania for a retreat that will supposedly reveal the meaning behind The Guidebook.

Liane Moriarty has called the novel ‘a brilliant, beautiful, hilarious, heartbreaking, extraordinary book. I say this without bias, only awe.’

Things mustn’t be too bad between the Moriarty sisters after all.