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01 March 2007

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife is an amazing debut novel by Audrey Niffenegger.

Henry DeTamble is a time traveler. He doesn't use a time machine. He doesn't control when he goes. He doesn't even want to go most of the time. He has a rare medical condition that propels him through time when he is nervous. He has had the condition since he was a child.

So what happens when he meets his wife when she is six years old? The story according to Clare (his wife) is told chronologically. From Henry's perspective it is not quite the same chronology.

Part science-fiction and part love story, this is one of the best books I have read. Niffenegger conveys the pain and joy of Henry's travels. The pain of suddenly not knowing when you are. (Did I mention that when you time travel, you arrive naked?) And the joy at getting to watch his wife grow up.

Niffenegger, Audrey. (2004). The time traveler's wife. Fort Washington, PA:Harvest Books.

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