Before publishing Relativity (Walker Books), Cristin Bishara worked as a professional copywriter and taught composition and fiction writing at the university level. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing (poetry) from St. Mary’s College of California, and she majored in English at Kenyon College. Cristin now lives in Florida with her husband and two girls, where she is hard at work on her second young adult novel. In her spare time, Cristin likes to hang out at museums, eat jalapeño poppers, and buy too many pairs of shoes.
If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can't come true; some things just can't be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.
Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?
"This absorbing exploration of what-ifs offers a pleasing mixture of science and emotional depth." -- Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
"Relativity is a smart and clever look at parallel worlds, and the endless search for the ideal life." -- Suzanne Young, author of THE PROGRAM and JUST LIKE FATE
"Smart, suspenseful, and completely unique, this story lingered with me long after I finished." -- Megan Miranda, author of FRACTURE and HYSTERIA
Movies have soundtracks, so why can't books?
What If • Five for Fighting We Belong Together • Gavin DeGraw Science and Faith • The Script Ho Hey • The Lumineers The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?) • Snow Patrol Cosmic Love • Florence + the Machine The Scientist • Coldplay Welcome Home • Radical Face Parallel Universe • Red Hot Chili Peppers The Shock of the Lightning • Oasis