The Time Traveler's Wife
By Audrey Niffenegger
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780156029438, 560pp.)
Publication Date: July 2004
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A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.
An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.
Audrey Niffenegger is a writer, professor and visual artist. Her first novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, was an international bestseller that received praise from USA Today, The Washington Post, People Magazine, and The Denver Post, among numerous publications. Niffenegger has received residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and the Corporation of Yaddo, and has also received a Fellowship in Prose from the Illinois Arts Council. She received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Northwestern University. Her writing has been published in The Chicago Tribune, Zoetrope, and The London Guardian. Her art is in the collections of the Newberry Library, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Library of Congress, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and Temple University, among others. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches writing in the Interdisciplinary Books Arts MFA Program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts.
1. On the novel"s first page Clare declares, "I wait for Henry." In what way does this define her character, and how is the theme of waiting developed throughout the book?
PRAISE FOR THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE
An enchanting novel, beautifully crafted and as dazzlingly imaginative as it is dizzyingly romantic.”SCOTT TUROW
A powerfully original love story . . . [An] amazing trip.”PEOPLE
Niffenegger plays ingeniously in her temporal hall of mirrors.”THE NEW YORKER
[This] inventive and poignant writing is well worth a trip.”ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"[A] time-travel love story par excellence. . . . [A] soaring celebration of the victory of love over time."
"A powerfully original love story."
Spirited . . . Niffenegger plays ingeniously in her temporal hall of mirrors."
"Tremendous grace and imagination . . . A love story without softness or flinching."