A Theory of Relativity by Jacquelyn Mitchard

By Jacquelyn Mitchard

A negative twist of fate has left little Keefer orphaned yet now not undesirable. Devastated by way of his liked sister's tragic dying, twenty-four-year-old bachelor Gordon McKenna assumes that he'll be entrusted with elevating his niece, whom he has grown tremendous as regards to over the few important months of Keefer's existence. however the kid's paternal grandparents have assorted ideas—and a fierce felony conflict ensues that might attempt the means and boundaries of relatives love repeatedly . . . and nobody will emerge from it unscathed or unchanged. Jacquelyn Mitchard, whose strong, emotionally wealthy novels have received resounding severe acclaim and a large, enthusiastic viewers around the globe, brings us a hovering, heartbreaking, and unforgettable story of affection and the bonds that unite us all.

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How they’d tried all the medical things. How they’d almost drifted past the age when they could hope to adopt one. How Lorraine wanted to adopt a baby who was blind or ill or already in first grade. “Tell them how you feel about that, Mark,” Lorraine said, in that honeyed voice of hers that could make a cuss sound like a Valentine, words that no man should have had to put up with from his wife. ” And Mark said it. ” Not that Nora blamed him. Not one bit. Hayes, when she’d told him about it, said the same thing.

I’m only doing chemo because of Keefer, Auntie,” Georgia had told her. “If I get better, I really think it’s going to be from the minerals and the juices. The body really can heal itself. My mother-in-law is right about that. ” Nora held her tongue when Georgia, yellow, exhausted, gagged as she Theory[001-112] 6/5/01 11:58 AM Page 17 A Theory of Relativity 17 tried to swallow the oat-straw and cypress-bark tea Diane Nye sent up in freezer bags from Florida. It was all poison. If dying in Georgia’s stead would have been worth trying, Nora would eagerly have done that.

Look at all this food. Who’s going to eat it? I’m glad I don’t have to. I don’t ever have to eat again if I don’t want to. ” “Yes, you do, Lor,” Mark said. “No, I don’t,” Lorraine answered. ” “I don’t eat cake,” he said. Gordie, Nora thought, was a health nut. “Well, someone will eat it. Maybe Mike or Matt. Maybe cousin Delia. ” Mark chided. “Well, it’s just so . . isn’t it? It’s disrespectful. ” “It’s what people do,” Mark said softly. “All I meant was,” Gordon began again, “if you just think about it the way it really is, if she would have died at home, it would have been better for us, but not for her.

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