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The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on The Time Traveler's Wife

October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Time Traveler's Wife...

This is one of my all time favourite novels, about a woman who’s husband has a rare disorder which means that his periodic clock keeps resetting itself, forcing him to jump back and forth through time against his will. The beauty of this story is that he meets her when she’s a child, but as adults she meets him before he even knows her. It’s beautifully written and incredibly clever and I cried my eyes out at the end.

 

The Lovereading view...

A huge book in every way.  The protagonists meet each other at different times throughout their lives and you do have to accept the unusual concept but accept it you will, for it is beautifully structured.  It’s a love story, pure and simple, but probably the most unusual love story you will ever read.  Once finished, it will be with you for days.

 

A 2012 World Book Night selection.

Voted the Book of the Decade by Lovereading readers.

Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Film of the Year Award 2010.

 

Audrey Niffenegger on hearing that her novel The Time Traveler’s Wife is Lovereading's Book of the Decade: 

"Thank you to everyone who read the book, and to all who voted. I am flabbergasted; I tend to think of The Time Traveler's Wife as my odd little book that somehow found its readers. It's amazing to me how many readers it has found, and how intensely they care for the book."


Comparison: Mark Haddon, David Mitchell.

 

The Time Traveler’s Wife has been made into a film by New Line Cinema and Starring Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Time Traveler's Wife Synopsis

This extraordinary, magical novel, now a film, 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.

The Time Traveler's Wife Press Reviews

'A rare book' Evening Standard

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780099553984
Publication date: 04/08/2011
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780099464464
Publication date: 29/05/2004
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099464464
Publication date: 29th May 2004
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 560 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger is a writer and visual artist who lives in Chicago. She is a full time professor in the Interdisciplinary Book Arts MFA Program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, where she teaches writing, letterpress printing, and fine edition book production. Her amusements include collecting taxidermy and reading comic books. Miss Niffenegger spent her youth hiding in her bedroom and painting her fingernails black while listening to Patti Smith and Gang of Four, but she is feeling better now, thanks.

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