The Lost Time Accidents (Hardcover)

By John Wray

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374281137, 512pp.

Publication Date: February 9, 2016



In his ambitious and fiercely inventive new novel, "The Lost Time Accidents," John Wray takes us from turn-of-the-century Viennese literary salons buzzing with rumors about Einstein's radical new theory to the death camps of World War II, from the golden age of postwar pulp science fiction to a startling discovery in a cavernous Harlem apartment packed to the ceiling with artifacts of modern life.

Haunted by a failed love affair and a legacy of dark family secrets, Waldemar "Waldy" Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back--a journey that forces him to reckon not only with the betrayal at the heart of his doomed romance but also with the legacy of his great-grandfather's lost discovery of the true nature of time.

Part madcap adventure, part harrowing family drama, part scientific mystery--and never less than wildly entertaining--"The Lost Time Accidents" is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.

About the Author

John Wray is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Lowboy, The Right Hand of Sleep, and Canaan's Tongue. He was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists in 2007. The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.