A Theory of Relativity

3.62 avg rating
( 3,534 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780007139859: A Theory of Relativity

The compelling and heartrending new novel from the author of the million-selling The Deep End of the Ocean. A tragic accident, an orphaned one-year-old and a bitter struggle that will break your heart. For Gordon McKenna and his parents, the only way they can survive the loss of their beloved sister and daughter, Georgia, is to prepare to devote themselves heart and soul to the care of her baby girl, Keefer. But another family feels the same way and, as Keefer becomes the focus of a fiercely fought custody battle, the limits of love, and its capacity to heal, are tested again and again.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"They died instantly." When it comes to first sentences, it's hard to beat the car-crash immediacy of A Theory of Relativity. What follows, alas, is even more wrenching, if not nearly as black and white. Having perished in the wreck, Georgia and Ray McKenna leave behind an orphaned 1-year-old girl named Keefer--and handsome, self-involved Gordon McKenna decides to adopt his adored sister's child. Unfortunately, that's not what his affluent in-laws have in mind. The ensuing custody battle turns into a protracted legalistic horror show: a kind of Bleak House for the Oprah age, complete with appeals, retrials, PR campaigns, and even last-minute legislation.

The case is all about what's best for Keefer--right? Actually, it's also about what constitutes a family, how much genes determine our fate, and the precise meaning of blood relative. Author of the gripping family dramas The Deep End of the Ocean and The Most Wanted, Jacquelyn Mitchard is no stranger to this fictional territory. To her credit, she has created a story without heroes or villains--but also one that could have used a little more editorial nip-and-tuck. The narrative is strongly weighted toward monologue and exposition, and as a result, a compelling story ends up hampered by an awareness of its own consequence. (There's also an abundance of dialogue like "no wettie!" and "uckie," which reminds us that fiction is one place where toddlers should be seen and not heard.) Still, Mitchard is a canny student of the human heart, and in the age of cloning, in vitro fertilization, and alternative families, the nature versus nurture debate seems more relevant than ever. The author may be no Dickens, but you could call her sentimental in the same way: unafraid, that is, to appeal to her readers' strongest emotions. --Chloe Byrne

From the Back Cover:

Jacquelyn Mitchard's first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, launched Oprah Winfrey's Book Club and riveted millions of readers worldwide. Now this supremely talented author offers her most powerful work to date. The emotional story of a fierce custody battle over a little girl, A Theory of Relativity is an unforgettable tale of love and the bonds that unite us all.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Jacquelyn Mitchard
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
ISBN 10: 0007139853 ISBN 13: 9780007139859
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
California Spanish Books
(buenos aires, Argentina)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0007139853 Nuevo! Fast delivery! Professional service with friendly customer support 7 days a week. Bookseller Inventory # 9780007139859

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Argentina to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Jacquelyn Mitchard
ISBN 10: 0007139853 ISBN 13: 9780007139859
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800071398590000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Jacquelyn Mitchard
Published by HARPER COLLINS (2002)
ISBN 10: 0007139853 ISBN 13: 9780007139859
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARPER COLLINS, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: NEW. 9780007139859 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Bookseller Inventory # HTANDREE0980205

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.93
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Jacquelyn Mitchard
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 10: 0007139853 ISBN 13: 9780007139859
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007139853

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.45
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Jacquelyn Mitchard
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (2002)
ISBN 10: 0007139853 ISBN 13: 9780007139859
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007139853

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds