How we love and care for family and who makes up our family are at the heart of Jacquelyn Mitchard's book A Theory of Relativity. Do some people and do some laws consider adopted children less than full-fledged family members? The custody battle that takes center stage addresses wording in a statute that does not give adopted children the same rights as blood relatives.
For the most part, I found this to be a good book about an interesting family drama. I had trouble with aspects of the car crash that I don't want to spoil for those who have not read the novel. The ending was a bit too tidy. A recommended read.
Jacqueln Mitchard's first novel, "The Deep End of the Ocean" launched Oprah Winfrey's book club and took the nation by storm.
This novel is a story about a feirce custody battle over a little girl. I won't ruin it for you, but her parents die in a horrid car accident at the beginning of the book, and then it follows her (the girl) through a nasty custody battle, clear to the end. Their are plot twists, and I was suprised how it ended.
Gordon McKenna is a handsome 24-year-old science teacher who thought life was as tough as it could get when his only sister, Georgia, was diagnosed with cancer. Then she and her husband die in a car crash, leaving behind their one-year-old daughter, Keefer. Gordon willingly gives up his self-involved bachelor life and adopts his beloved niece. Georgia's in-laws, however, have different wishes for their granddaughter. Well heeled, conservative and wealthy, they believe their born-again Christian niece and her husband should get custody of the child. Their challenge to Gordon's custody lies in the fact that both he and Georgia were adopted children, with "only" love, not blood, connecting Gordon and Keefer. Thus begins the custody battle which makes up the bulk of this book.
This is so well written that you actually become a part of this character's life; I loved how "real" everything was ... it wasn't written like a cheesy made-for-TV movie, it was reality, true to life: there are depressing parts to the story, but there are also down right funny and happy parts too! This is a great book ... it will make you look at your own life a little differently --at least it did for me. :)
If you like The Deep End of the Ocean, you will like this book. It is a story of a little girl caught between two families and all the deep emotions someone one has for their children, their grandchildren and our ability to do the right thing for the wrong reasons out of love.
I thought this book had a lot of interesting ideas (adopted children vs. blood children, what makes a family) but I didn't think the execution was very good. I felt disengaged from the characters and the idea of their story was more intriguing to me rather than how Mitchard wrote it (if that makes any sense). I struggled to finish and thought the ending was a bit pat.