A THEORY OF RELATIVITY by Jacquelyn Mitchard is a gripping story about how families cope with the burdens of love and loss. But it also serves as a cautionary tale about how a novel can pull you in with a grabby opening, then test your mettle by dragging you through uncut prose, snarly legal scenes, and weepy flashbacks. Mitchard presents readers with tandem challenges: Will the characters endure? Will you?
RELATIVITY begins with a fatal car crash --- "They died instantly. Or close enough." The victims are Ray and Georgia Nye, a young couple whose untimely demise leaves their o