If families are like solar systems - bodies that orbit in time around one another, sometimes close and sometimes far away - what is the force that moves them? And what are the consequences when one planet tugs others off course?
Lotte is an astronomer who spends her nights peering into deep space rather than looking too closely at herself. Returning to her hometown after years abroad, and reeling from a devastating diagnosis, she finds that much has changed. Lotte's father has remarried, and she's estranged from her former best friend, Eve. Initially, Lotte's return causes disharmony, but then it is the catalyst for a much more devastating event - an event that will change Lotte and Eve's lives forever.
Gravity Well is a striking and tender tale of friendship and family. Compassionate and profoundly moving, it is a heartrending portrait of how we rebuild when the worst has happened.
Melanie Joosten's debut novel, Berlin Syndrome, saw her named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and receive the Kathleen Mitchell Award; it has since been made into a motion picture directed by Cate Shortland. In 2016, she published the essay collection A Long Time Coming. Her work appears in various publications, including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Best Australian Stories 2014, and Going Down Swinging.