'Relativity is wonderful, a beautifully written, heartbreaking novel that I feel certain will find the huge audience it deserves.' SJ Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep and Second Life
'Relativity is a novel of assured and measured empathy, a story of familial love and familial hurt that is fair, honest and remarkably non-judgmental. Hayes is a convincing writer and a true storyteller: her characters are alive.' Christos Tsiolkas, author of THE SLAP
Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy.
His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can't shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago.
Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father's absence in his life. When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again.
Relativity is a tender and triumphant story about unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, and testing the limits of love and forgiveness.
Relativity is one of those books that makes a humble reviewer like myself realise their inadequacy in the best way possible because quite frankly – it feels futile to even try to verbalise just how wonderful this book is but let’s try!
Relativity tells the story of a little boy named Ethan. Obsessed with physics and astronomy, Ethan sees the world differently to the rest of us. The hidden wonders and beauties of time and space that are invisible to the naked eye of us mere mortals, Ethan is accosted by a cacophony of sound waves and rainbow of colours that makes the universe what it is. Despite this being considered an incredible gift, its origins have a darker beginning. Claire has spent her life protecting Ethan from the truth of what happened to him as a baby. When life events transpire, bringing Ethan’s father Mark back into their lives, Claire can no longer shield Ethan from his past.
Relativity is a story about the depths of love and the ties of family that bind us more tightly than we ever thought possible. Told in a remarkably tender yet matter of fact way, Hayes explores some of the darkest thoughts and actions a human being and more stunningly important, a parent can have and commit. The struggles, the preventable heartbreak, the cataclysmic consequences, are all explored here with unflinching realness and affecting story-telling.
Hayes characterisation is brilliant with each of the main players fully realised and capable of capturing your attention and stealing your heart. The story flows beautifully, intermingling human frailty with the immense power of the universe around us. Unputdownable – Relativity is an accomplished debut that will touch your very soul. Clever, raw, shocking at times and poignant – Relativity is one not to miss.