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Peggy Rambach is the author of The Lons, a novel of mystery, adventure and magical realism published by The Paper Journey Press and Fighting Gravity, a novel published by Steerforth Press (, and reissued in 2012, by PFP Publishing ( in paperback and Kindle. Ms. Rambach is also author of a collection of stories entitled When the Animals Leave, published by Ampersand Press and is the editor of two anthologies that emerged from her work in the field of Arts and Healing: : All That Matters; Memoir From the Wellness Community of Greater Boston and Seeds of Lotus; Cambodian and Vietnamese Voices in America, both published by The Paper Journey Press. Ms. Rambach has published short stories in The North American Review, The Fourth River, (, Apalachee Review ( and other literary quarterlies.

Her non-fiction has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education (, The Christian Science Monitor (, The Guardian (, JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) ( the Boston Globe Magazine, and the Boston Globe Book Section. Ms. Rambach was twice awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant in Fiction, was the recipient in 1994 of the St. Botolph Foundation Grant in Literature, was a Fellow at the MacDowell and Yaddo Artist Colonies, and was named a 2005 Literacy Champion by the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation ( Ms. Rambach has taught writing to graduates, undergraduates, non-native speakers as an ESOL instructor, adults and life-long learners, and 5th through 12th graders. Ms. Rambach tutors and teaches writing workshops for young adults. She is a resident teaching/artist in healthcare as part of the Vermont Arts Exchange’s Arts and Healing Initiative, ( and in collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council ( Ms. Rambach is on the faculty of Chatham University’s Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Ms. Rambach’s work in the arts and healing field was documented in the award winning film, The Healing Arts: New Pathways to Health, directed by Benjamin Mayer and distributed by Fanlight ( Ms. Rambach’s work in Arts and Healing was also profiled in Nursing Spectrum ( and the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Newsletter ( Ms. Rambach's article on teaching conversation appears in SABE’s Field Notes, Vol 14 #3 (

Ms. Rambach holds a BA from Tufts University in English Literature, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Hampshire, and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Vermont College.

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Paperback, Published in Nov 2011 by Pfp Publishing

ISBN10: 0983976384 | ISBN13: 9780983976387

Page count: 180

Ellie Rifkin is a nineteen-year-old college student from a privileged Jewish background when she meets forty-one-year-old professor Gerard Babineau. Already twice-divorced, he is a hard drinker, an ex-peacetime marine, and a practicing Catholic from southern Louisiana who is angry and complicated and renowned for his writing. Quite quickly they marry, have a child, and when Ellie is again pregnant, Babineau stops to help a motorist on the highway and is seriously injured, confined forever to a wheelchair. Their lives change, and the two must face hard truths about their relationship. Set in New England and Alabama, Fighting Gravity begins as an exploration of the complexities of love between an older man and younger woman, and ultimately raises larger questions of human connection, commitment, faith, marital and parental responsibility, and the nature of fate. In the end, Ellie discovers the importance, for her own sake and that of her children, of shaping her own destiny.

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