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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,868 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard Narrator: Jacquelyn Mitchard Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN:
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Jacquelyn Mitchard's first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, launched the Oprah's Book Club and riveted millions of readers across the country. Now comes A Theory of Relativity, Mitchard's most compelling and beautifully written novel yet.

At 24, Gordon McKenna thinks he's already heard the worst news of his life when he learns that his sister Georgia is fatally ill. Then Georgia and her husband die in a car accident, leaving behind their baby daughter, Keefer. Gordon and his parents are able to survive their sorrow only by devoting themselves to the care of the beloved one-year-old.

But the decision of who will raise Keefer is far from over, and soon Gordon's most basic assumptions about his family will be challenged in ways so provocative that he will be driven to disbelief and then to outrage. The ordeal will test the bonds of this closely knit family, challenging even love's ultimate capacity to heal.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 2/20/2014

    " This book showed me how a "family" forms. A family can form through the bond of common interests or from living in the same house not necessarily from a blood connection. Jacquelyn Mitchard revealed to me that all is not lost when your blood family is not a part of your life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorraine Monakey | 2/16/2014

    " OK read about the care of a 1 year old after her parents are lost in an auto accident. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rg | 2/6/2014

    " I don't like the ending but the story was somehow hearbreaking. I wished that Gordie and Lindsay were married. I was surprised why he chose Alexis. I thought of different ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/2/2014

    " A very absorbing story about a child-custody case- definitely worth reading... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/27/2014

    " Was a good book. A page-turner......pretty sad though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 1/21/2014

    " Just an okay book ... it wasn't one that held my attention (I skipped the last four chapters and read the last few pages -- I just wanted to know what happened & to be done with it)! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jules | 1/18/2014

    " liked the story, not a huge fan of her writing style... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria (Ri) | 1/18/2014

    " This book is filled with heart. It is a beautiful look at the ties of a family, blood related and adopted. I really enjoyed seeing the evolution of Gordon. The book is subtly though obviously slanted toward the McKennas, which is my only criticism. It is a wonderful look at the strong bonds of adoptive families. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsie | 1/16/2014

    " Great characters but a little contrived. She seems to run out of time and then ties it all up in the end with an out of context chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 12/31/2013

    " I was not a big fan of the author's writing style. I also felt there were a lot of excess characters that were unnecessary to the main story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Staci | 12/5/2013

    " the story was somewhat jumpy for me - from characters' view points Could be an interesting book club choice for the discussion of adoption... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Bierlein | 12/4/2013

    " Seems like everything I have been reading has been heartbreaking and this is no exception. But it was really good, quite different from anything I have read lately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 11/28/2013

    " Another sad one about a man fighting to keep custody of his deceased sister's child but being fought by the father's parents because he and his sister are adopted and not biological siblings. Makes you think about what it means to be a family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaurett | 11/13/2013

    " Another sad book, I did find it interesting since the main premise is a guy trying to adopt his niece but can't because he and his sister were adopted and he is not a blood relative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/27/2013

    " Gripping and sad story - not sure about the ending. Didn't like that Gordy married Alex. Yick! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Malloy | 9/21/2013

    " This is a heart felt book that will make you cry so be ready. Kind of slow in the begging but hang in there it gets good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigailann (Abigail) | 8/10/2013

    " Interesting story delving into the issues surrounding adoption and child custody. Was a little slow at the start and ocassional US references sometimes lost me. Final chapter, from child's POV, made a lovely ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Sachs | 11/24/2012

    " Pretty depressing read, although I finished it to see how things turned out. Adoption and families in conflict. A young man having a hard time growing up and facing life-long responsibilities. Some funny parts mainly with young Keefer - a baby girl in the middle of all the troubles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan S. | 10/20/2012

    " interesting novel about adoption/being adopted and family relationships "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/7/2012

    " I thought that this was such a great book. I'm adopted as well, so this really affected my thoughts. I have two daughters under two, and now i'm wondering if this can really happen to people because they are adopted? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K Kelley | 9/28/2012

    " very good story; writing is a bit disjointed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 8/13/2012

    " Took me a while before I got into this book, but by the end I liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith Yeabsley | 8/3/2012

    " Typical JM with lots of ugly truths and too many plot holes. I enjoyed the read but not the subject matter which "did my head in". Its about the fight for custody by the two sides of the family of a girl 12-24 months after her parents die. I found it really hard emotionally !! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ketti | 2/19/2012

    " Iam putting this on my read shelf.....but I quit reading it at page 137. That is when the f-word kicked in big time, to much for me. Sad, I've enjoyed her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/4/2012

    " This book was very good. The beginning was a little slow but then it picked up pace. I felt for both sides of the family in this case. The book does however bring up interesting questions about what really constitutes a family. I cried during parts of this book and highly recommend reading it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/2/2011

    " The story was okay but included sudden and gratuitous passages of pornographic detail that made it not worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 10/8/2011

    " This one and Deep End of the Ocean are my two favorite Mitchard books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T | 7/19/2011

    " I really liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Onie | 4/11/2011

    " It tugs my heartstrings, and made me think. This is a story that tells that Love really runs deeper and is thicker than blood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/13/2011

    " Seems like everything I have been reading has been heartbreaking and this is no exception. But it was really good, quite different from anything I have read lately. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " TBR Potluck Challenge - Millenia & Lynette "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/11/2010

    " This didn't end quite how I thought it would but it was an interesting story. Not great but an okay read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 10/17/2010

    " Audiobook-
    I personally found the clinical telling of the legalities very distracting from the emotional aspect of the book ;-( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 9/19/2010

    " I am not sure how to rate this book. Part of me didn't like it and yet part of me did. I really did not like the ending of this book. I had nothing against the character who became Gordons wife, but it was just odd and awkward. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/16/2010

    " Kind of a twisted ending, but like always I do enjoy things that make you think. I will continue to read more by this author, but this was one of my least favorites so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 6/2/2010

    " This books explores what defines "family" and what it means to be a parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigailann | 4/26/2010

    "
    Interesting story delving into the issues surrounding adoption and child custody. Was a little slow at the start and ocassional US references sometimes lost me. Final chapter, from child's POV, made a lovely ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandy | 4/22/2010

    " This compelling novel explores adoption with an interesting twist – an adopted daughter dies and leaves care of her baby to her (also adopted) 24-year old brother. This challenges both her family and her in-laws she left behind. I found it engrossing and really enjoyed it. "

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About the Author
Author Jacquelyn Mitchard

Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, launched Oprah’s Book Club and became an international bestseller, hitting #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Her other works, including The Most Wanted, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane, and Cage of Stars have also been well received. Mitchard has appeared on the Today show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, MSNBC, and numerous other local and national television and radio programs. She was a contributing editor for Parenting magazine and wrote a weekly syndicated column until 2007 which appeared in more than one hundred newspapers across the country. Her articles have appeared in Newsweek, Life, Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, Ladies’ Home Journal, and many other publications. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and nine children.