The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

August 2007

This novel completely blindsided me. I remember hearing about it when it came out and thinking that it sounded sort of interesting, but I never really pursued reading it. The book eventually fell into my hands through a friend, so I thought I’d give it try, even though I suspected it might be the type of “life-affirming” tear-jerker of a love story that I don’t particularly like.

Well, it is a love story, and I did cry, but I was also hooked from page one. Like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel, it’s a remarkably unique first novel with an intriguing central concept (a man has a genetic defect that causes him to spontaneously time travel) which never comes off as being contrived or even really “sci-fi” in any way.

It’s a poignant page-turner, a love story across time and space, and it’s more engrossing, and moving, and funny, and sad, and real than I could have imagined. It’s not a short book, and it kept me up late every single night I was reading it. I highly, highly, highly recommend it, and I can’t wait for Ms. Niffenegger’s next book.

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