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.
Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. Relativity is her first novel.
Relativity is wonderful, a beautifully written, heartbreaking novel that I feel certain will find the huge audience it deserves. — S J Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP and SECOND LIFE
Original, compassionate, cleverly plotted, and genuinely difficult to put down. The premise is compelling and the plot twists and turns without ever feeling forced. This novel is an intelligent, honest and compassionate look at people and relationships under stress: the shocking revelation [in it] is tempered with real insight as to how such things happen. — Greeme Simsion, author of THE ROSIE PROJECT and THE ROSIE EFFECT
Relativity is a novel of assured and measured empathy, a story of familial love and familial hurt that is fair, honest and remarkably non-judgemental. Hayes is a convincing writer and a true storyteller: her characters are alive. — Christos Tsiolkas, author of THE SLAP
The race towards the conclusion keeps us guessing, but ultimately, it's the beautifully drawn characters who stay with you long after the final page. — Australian Women's Weekly
Relativity left even my cynical heart pounding . . . [many] writers could learn something from Hayes . . . wonderful and beyond inventive - if one of the precise pleasures of fiction is a glimpse at someone else's thought processes, this is indeed a marvel. — The Saturday Paper
Relativity is a transcendental book that manages to stay grounded and true in its warmth and pathos. With fully realised characters and a gripping storyline that unfolds into a carefully constructed equation of familial love, I could not put it down. — Alice Pung, author of UNPOLISHED GEM and LAURINDA
Pulls you into the moment like you've unexpectedly pin-dropped through Antarctic ice . . . Relativity upends expectations and holds you in its thrall as Hayes asks unsettling questions about the frailties of memory and love . . . An Australian debut not to be missed. — Readings Monthly
A charming and fresh debut placing a family's secrets in the great expanse of the universe. — Kirkus Reviews
Each character is a complex universe capable of love and violence. I tore through it — Courtney Collins, author of The Burial
An affecting, gripping debut novel about the nature of family and identity — Mail on Sunday