A voice so sharp and personal that he changes your life while you're busy laughing.
Rooke breaks the rules, makes up new rules, fractures and twists the story form with breathtaking aplomb, while communicating a generosity of spirit and 'joie de vivre' that is endlessly attractive.
Globe and Mail
You become absorbed by the author's asides, the zany characters, the sheer vitality of the prose.
Winnipeg Free Press
The ebullience of Rooke's prose and the wonderful father-daughter relationship of Raoul and Juliette make this a delightful read.
University of Toronto Bookstore Review
Rooke has lured us into the terra incognita of the soul, and it's our loss, proof of our mediocrity, if we don't follow, with gladness in our hearts.
The Calgary Straight
Rooke's novel is a series of often quite humorous set pieces, which allow him to display his stylish, playful prose and gift for outlandish characters, while meditating on the breakdown of the Daggles' marriage.
Canadian Literature 176
If the Fall of Gravity is exasperating, so, too, is it expansive; if it is silly, it is also sly; if scattered, it is also beautiful — a book that demands and deserves indulgence and delivers deep rewards by the time the last page is turned.
Rooke's empathy for his characters allows him to capture their distinctive voices amazingly well...