'Ethan is a bright young boy obsessed with physics and astronomy who lives with his mother, Claire. Claire has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he's becoming increasingly curious about his father's absence in his life, wanting to fill in the gaps.
'Claire's life is centred on Ethan; she is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son, and of her own feelings. When Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event from when he was a baby, Claire's tightly held world is split open.
'On the other side of the country, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart. Then a sudden and unexpected call home forces him to confront his past, and the hole in his life that was once filled with his wife Claire and his son Ethan.
'When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that – like gravity – pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.
'Heart-wrenching, absorbing and magical, Relativity is an irresistible novel about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.' (Publication summary)
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse –TS Eliot
We are lived by powers we pretend to understand. –WH Auden
Host Jennifer Byrne joins regular panelists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, and guests Michael Williams and Leigh Sales to discuss "Five of the Best", including Reckoning: A Memoir by Magda Szubanski, Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread, The Whites by Harry Brandt, Relativity by Antonia Hayes and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.