Author: Antonia Hayes
Genre: fiction, family
I got my copy from my library and the cover is different:
I think I prefer the cover from Amazon, just a matter of preference.
The story starts with Claire and her son Ethan in Sydney, Claire a struggling single mother and Ethan is struggling with adolescence and bullying. The beginning is slow yet opens up a series of question what the book is really about, and then the scene changes. It goes to a son, Mark Hall, flying in to see his dying father from Kalgoorlie, WA. Mark also has some issues to settle, and then the story unravels around the broken people.
Finally a theme: broken family and what had happened. I would classify this as a mystery, but there is not much of that in the book. Instead Mark tries to convince everyone that he is innocent, that he had not committed any crime. Thus began a tango as Ethan finds out what really happened, and Claire have to come into terms with that had transpired and the future. This is one that breaks hearts and makes you realize that you can still move on, and you are strong enough to pick up the pieces.
This is a beautifully written book, the characters each have their hopes and dreams, as well as fears. Claire has to accept and realize that it was not her fault, while Mark has to come to terms with his past. Ethan? There was a patch of excitement in the book, after he fell sick, but overall he is just a 12 year old wanting a normal life, despite his interest in astronomy and physics.
Between physics and astronomy lessons, Relativity is a touching and captivating read from start to finish. Do tell me your thoughts about this book.