Harry Erickson believes he’s disproven Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Dennis Drysdale is in love with a woman he knew from high school. Timothy Henderson wants to professionally play video games.

When Harry accidentally burns his house down in a freak chicken Kiev accident, it sets events into motion that allow the three friends to pursue their individual dreams.

The trio embark on a road trip to Chicago in pursuit of their destinies and find themselves at the University of Chicago Physics department, a video game tournament, and a lunch date at Panera Bread.

Relativity is a captivating wild romp fueled with the aspirations of three men who are on a quest to dedicate their lives to their ridiculous dreams in this thought-provoking and satirical novel of friendship and finding oneself.
Relativity by Ben Adams
Ben Adams
ISBN Numbers:
Hardcover:  978-1-64397-298-5
Softcover:   978-1-64397-299-2
Ebook:         978-1-64397-300-5 
LCCN: 2021944535

Page Count: 236 (HC) / 268 (SC)
Release Date: 6/7/2022
Fiction | Humor | Satire
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“Adams writes with equal parts wit and heart. He has that George Saunders knack to keep me giggling and flipping pages, and then suddenly, he sneaks up with visceral poignancy. This book is a blast.
—Joshua Mohr, author of Model Citizen
“Ben Adams has crafted a captivating tale of comedy, tragedy, love, friendship, and flamethrowers set in the American Midwest. An aspiring physics trailblazer who works in a retirement home, a nerdy chemistry professor obsessed with extraterrestrial women, and a hard-drinking car dealership owner find common cause in responding to their interconnected personal crises. At turns moving and humorous, and always engrossing, Relativity is a truly enjoyable read.
—Arthur Shattuck O'Keefe, author of The Spirit Phone
“A gamer, a car salesman, and a down-on-his-luck big thinker climb into a Porsche… Relativity is a sharp, witty careening ride of a novel about three middle-aged men coming to terms with what they want—and don’t—from their lives. Insightful, compassionate, and compulsively readable.
—Stephanie Reents, author of The Kissing List 
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“a sharply-written, comical look at the great enigma of the midlife crisis, caught from three unique perspectives.
—Delphic Reviews
“What an amazing book!
—Jo N., NetGalley Reviewer
“Middle-aged men in crisis is my weakness. I don’t know what it is about their ridiculous problems but I can't get enough of them. I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. It’s a simple, reassuring story of how no one is perfect.
—Cara, Librarian & Goodreads Reviewer
“What a delightfully quirky book! Three men are all going through a midlife crisis and end up in Chicago trying to get what they think they want. But that doesn't really describe this book, because it's so much more than that.
—Michelle, Goodreads Reviewer
“I loved reading this book…a real gem.
—Elizabeth, NetGalley Reviewer
“Ben Adams’ Relativity is not just a romp. Hidden amidst rib tickling lines that make the reader guffaw, is a beautiful story of life affirming hope. A conviction in the goodness of humanity.
“a fun book and I'm glad I read it.
—LibraryThing Early Reviewers
“A layered, captivating exploration of love, self-discovery, and hope…Fans of finely constructed literary satire won’t want to miss this multilayered tale of hope, dreams, ambitions, and life.
—The Prairies Book Review
“This highly engrossed, deftly written tale of nostalgia, regret, identity, acceptance, and the transformative power of hope and belief brims with poignant emotion and asks important questions about the real cost of being true to one’s true self, the burden of guilt and shame, and self-acceptance. A winner.
“unique, memorable, and ultimately pretty fun.
—Kay, NetGalley Reviewer
“This was such a unique book!
—Angie J., Goodreads Reviewer
“a quirky, compelling and engaging story.
—Renee, NetGalley Reviewer
“a wild romp with heart…and the laughs are on nearly every page. Truly a more lighthearted and off-the-wall book that many may need in trying times. Very much recommended.
“I can honestly say I’ve never read a book quite like this one before.There were a lot of funny things in Relativity, and I enjoyed how over-the-top it was…and it was really interesting to get this male perspective in a book where the theme was kind of a shared mid-life crisis.
—Mary C., NetGalley Reviewer
“I enjoyed this read. It was well written and the story was unique.
—Natasha W., NetGalley Reviewer
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Nominee: 2023 Pushcart Prize