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Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies. All Our Wrong Todays is his first novel.
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This brain-twisting, heart-flipping, wryly funny time-travel debut about the shifting sands of personal identity seems set to become one of those zeitgeisty novels that captures readers in the way Matt Haig’s The Humans has done. Tom Barren is one of life’s drifters, and an underachieving disappointment to his pioneering scientist dad. He lives in a utopian future in which all material needs are met (and avocadoes never go mushy). It’s also a world in which his dad has invented the Chrono-Spatial Transport Apparatus (a time machine, no less) and, in an effort to give his floundering son something to do, he employs Tom to understudy Penelope, who's in training to be the first human to travel in the time machine. Tom falls for his leading lady, but an unfortunate succession of events sees him transported back to 2016, which he regards as a primitive dystopia. There Tom encounters alternate versions of his parents, and his soul-mate, Penelope, and he’s faced with an excruciating decision: does he try to go back to his old utopian life, or does he stay and embrace the 2016 versions of his loved ones? And so he embarks on an emotional trans-continental journey in order to figure out what to do, and who he is. Funny, thought-provoking and endlessly inventive - I loved it. ~ Joanne Owen March 2017 Debut of the Month.
'A witty, time-travelling romance' Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette This is a love story that could only happen because of an accident of time travel. Tom and Penny belong to a world so perfect there's no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocados. But when something awful happens to Penny, and Tom tries to make it right, he accidentally destroys everything, waking up in our broken, dysfunctional world. Only here, Penny and Tom have a second chance. Should Tom go back to his brilliant but loveless existence, or risk everything by staying in our messy, complicated world for his one and only chance at true love? 'Thrilling and refreshingly optimistic' Andy Weir, author of The Martian 'Sharp and funny' Daily Mail 'It's a Wonderful Life meets The Jetsons' Buzzfeed 'All Our Wrong Todays is an entertaining romp that should appeal to fans The Time Traveler's Wife' The Guardian, BEST RECENT SCIENCE FICTION
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of All Our Wrong Todays, written and read by Elan Mastai. Tom lives in a perfect world: no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocados. . . oh, and time travel. When he loses the love of his life, going back to fix it seems like the only answer. . . what could possibly go wrong? Elan Mastais breakthrough novel brings a whole new dimension to a classic love story So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have. That means nothing to you, obviously, because you live here, in the crappy world we do have. But it never shouldve turned out like this. And its all my fault - well, me and to a lesser extent my father. And, yeah, I guess a little bit Penelope. In both worlds, shes the love of my life. But only a single version of her can exist. I have one impossible chance to fix historys greatest mistake and save this broken world. Except it means saving one Penelope and losing the other forever - and I have absolutely no idea which to choose . . . Praise for All Our Wrong Todays A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanitys future Andy Weir, author of international bestseller The Martian A novel about time travel has no right to be this engaging. A novel this engaging has no right to be this smart. And a novel this smart has no right to be this funny. Or insightful. Or immersive. Basically, this novel has no right to exist. Jonathan Tropper, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go Elan Mastai has conjured up a witty and freewheeling time-traveling romance that packs an emotional wallop.All Our Wrong Todays is a page-turning delight Maria Semple, author of Today Will Be Different and Whered You Go, Bernadette
One of Wall Street Journal's Best of 2017';Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor.'Entertainment Weekly ';[An] amazing debut novel. . . . Dazzling and complex. . . . Fearlessly funny storytelling.'TheWashington Post ';Instantly engaging. . . . A timeless, if mind-bending, story about the journeys we take, populated by friends, family, lovers, and others, that show us who we might be, could beand maybe never should bethat eventually leads us to who we are.'USA TodayElan Mastai's acclaimed debut novel is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms.It's 2016, and in Tom Barren's world, technology has solved all of humanity's problemsthere's no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn't happy. He's lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you're heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid.Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate realitywhich we immediately recognize as our 2016Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who may just be the love of his life.Now Tom faces an impossible choice. Go back to his perfect but loveless life. Or stay in our messy reality with a soulmate by his side. His search for the answer takes him across continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his futureour futureis supposed to be.Filled with humor and heart and packed with insight, intelligence, and mind-bending invention, All Our Wrong Todays is a powerful and moving story of life, loss, and love.