Time Traveler's Wife

This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty.

This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. His disappearances are spontaneous and his experiences are alternately harrowing and amusing. The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's passionate love for each other with grace and humour. Their struggle to lead normal lives in the face of a force they can neither prevent nor control is intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

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At its core The Time Traveler's Wife is an old-fashioned love story. A terrific book - startlingly original construction Observer I was ridiculously entranced by Audrey Niffenegger's big, reckless novel...utterly convincing Daily Telegraph Niffenegger exploits the possibilities of her fantasy scenario with immense skill: no wonder this novel has spent weeks on the bestseller lists in the US. This is one of those books that makes you want to eat it up from start to finish Guardian Wonky, sexy, incredible The Times Pick up Niffenegger's book and you'll experience a visceral thrill that only a few novels provide. An elegy to love and loss Independent on Sunday
Author:
Audrey Niffenegger
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Paperback

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This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty.

This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. His disappearances are spontaneous and his experiences are alternately harrowing and amusing. The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's passionate love for each other with grace and humour. Their struggle to lead normal lives in the face of a force they can neither prevent nor control is intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Review:

At its core The Time Traveler's Wife is an old-fashioned love story. A terrific book - startlingly original construction Observer I was ridiculously entranced by Audrey Niffenegger's big, reckless novel...utterly convincing Daily Telegraph Niffenegger exploits the possibilities of her fantasy scenario with immense skill: no wonder this novel has spent weeks on the bestseller lists in the US. This is one of those books that makes you want to eat it up from start to finish Guardian Wonky, sexy, incredible The Times Pick up Niffenegger's book and you'll experience a visceral thrill that only a few novels provide. An elegy to love and loss Independent on Sunday

Product details

Author:
Audrey Niffenegger
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
ISBN:
9780099464464
Series Title:
Vintage Magic
Series Number:
4
Audience:
General
Pages:
560
Width (mm):
132
Length (mm):
198
Additional Info:
Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph's readers' poll of the 'Top 50 Books of All Time' it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two 'novels-in-pictures', The Three Incestuous Sisters (2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Jonathan Cape. Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was serialized in the Guardian and published on the Cape Graphic list. A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University's Houghton Library.
Awards:
Winner of British Book Awards: Popular Fiction Award 2006. Runner-up for Reading Group Book of the Year 2007.
Weight (g):
375

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Excellent read-Magical

It took me a few pages to get into the whole time-travel thing, but once I was there, I absolutely loved it. It is essentially a love story, but one like you have never read before. A great and original story

A must-read book

The little tagline probably has confused people: how could they have met and then gotten married at such disparate ages? Without giving too much away, Henry suffers from an illness that sends him backward or forward in time. As an epileptic would have a fit, instead he travels through time. He cannot take a thing with him when this occurs and always ends up whenever stark naked, which lands him in some scary and dangerous situations. The relationship that he and Clare share is so strong, though all the weirdness and sadness. I often wonder whether she loved Henry because she knew him her whole life or if she loved him because she knew that they would get married. They want to have a baby, but every baby that Clare falls pregnant with also time travels, but too soon to be able to support its own little body, and dies. They suffer but there is joy too. The end was terribly sad and I am not ashamed to admit that it made me cry. I read this book in 2006 and still remember it clearly and,, to me, that is the hallmark of a good story.

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