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The Time Traveler's Wife

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by Audrey Niffenegger

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"An enchanting novel, beautifully crafted and as dazzlingly imaginative as it is dizzyingly romantic."—Scott Turow

A most untraditional story, this is the celebrated tale 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

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"An enchanting novel, beautifully crafted and as dazzlingly imaginative as it is dizzyingly romantic."—Scott Turow

A most untraditional story, this is the celebrated tale 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 affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.

One of People magazine's Top Ten Books of the Year

"[A] time-travel love story par excellence. . . . It will be a hard-hearted reader who is not moved to tears by this soaring celebration of the victory of love over time."—Chicago Tribune

Audrey Niffenegger is a professor in the M.F.A. program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. She lives in Chicago. The Time Traveler's Wife is her first novel; her second, Her Fearful Symmetry, takes place next to London's Highgate Cemetery.

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Editorial Reviews

"A powerfully original love story."
People Magazine
"A powerfully original love story."
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Often lighthearted, thoroughly original, and ultimately profoundly moving, Audrey Niffenegger's first novel tells the story of two people destined to be together: Clare, a perfectly normal woman, and Henry, a time-traveler.

According to the unique rules that Niffenegger creates, Henry travels unexpectedly and mostly to his own past, often when he is "all stressed out and [has] lost his grip on now." As Henry explains when he first meets Clare: "…the person you know doesn't exist yet. Stick with me, and sooner or later he's bound to appear. That's the best I can do." And while it's true that Henry travels to different moments in time, he also travels from them as well. He frequently gets lost in time and doesn't know "when" he is.

But the real story of the book is the lifelong love Clare and Henry share as they try to make the most of the times they have together -- the times when Henry is not traveling.

Subtle but powerful, The Time Traveler's Wife is a book whose importance becomes more evident with each turn of the page, provoking readers to ask themselves if they've made the most of the moments of their lives --moments so fleeting, they could be time travelers themselves. (Fall 2003 Selection)

The Washington Post
… what The Time Traveler's Wife does best is to show the inner life of an enduring relationship as only its protagonists can know it. — Eric Weinberger
USA Today
… Niffenegger, despite her moving, razor-edged prose, doesn't claim to be a romantic. She writes with the unflinching yet detached clarity of a war correspondent standing at the sidelines of an unfolding battle. She possesses a historian's eye for contextual detail. This is no romantic idyll. — Kathy Balog
The New Yorker
Young lovers often believe themselves crossed by fate or by time, but those in Niffenegger’s spirited first novel have more reason than most. Henry suffers from Chrono-Impairment—a quasi-medical condition that catapults him, unwillingly, from one random point in time to another. Clare first meets him in 1977, when she is six and he materializes near her parents’ garden as a thirty-six-year-old from 2000; he returns regularly throughout her childhood from different times in their shared future. At last, when Clare is twenty and Henry twenty-eight, they meet in his present, and the relationship begins in earnest. But romance proves even trickier than usual when one person keeps vanishing to distant, and occasionally dangerous, times. Niffenegger plays ingeniously in her temporal hall of mirrors, but fails to make the connection between the lovers as compelling as their odd predicament.
Publishers Weekly
This highly original first novel won the largest advance San Francisco-based MacAdam/Cage had ever paid, and it was money well spent. Niffenegger has written a soaring love story illuminated by dozens of finely observed details and scenes, and one that skates nimbly around a huge conundrum at the heart of the book: Henry De Tamble, a rather dashing librarian at the famous Newberry Library in Chicago, finds himself unavoidably whisked around in time. He disappears from a scene in, say, 1998 to find himself suddenly, usually without his clothes, which mysteriously disappear in transit, at an entirely different place 10 years earlier-or later. During one of these migrations, he drops in on beautiful teenage Clare Abshire, an heiress in a large house on the nearby Michigan peninsula, and a lifelong passion is born. The problem is that while Henry's age darts back and forth according to his location in time, Clare's moves forward in the normal manner, so the pair are often out of sync. But such is the author's tenderness with the characters, and the determinedly ungimmicky way in which she writes of their predicament (only once do they make use of Henry's foreknowledge of events to make money, and then it seems to Clare like cheating) that the book is much more love story than fantasy. It also has a splendidly drawn cast, from Henry's violinist father, ruined by the loss of his wife in an accident from which Henry time-traveled as a child, to Clare's odd family and a multitude of Chicago bohemian friends. The couple's daughter, Alba, inherits her father's strange abilities, but this is again handled with a light touch; there's no Disney cuteness here. Henry's foreordained end is agonizing, but Niffenegger has another card up her sleeve, and plays it with poignant grace. It is a fair tribute to her skill and sensibility to say that the book leaves a reader with an impression of life's riches and strangeness rather than of easy thrills. (Sept. 9) Forecast: This was one of the talked-about books at BEA, and is exactly the sort of original literary debut that better booksellers love to handsell; a likely Book Sense choice could give it a further push. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This debut novel tells the compelling love story of artist Clare and her husband, Henry, a librarian at the Newberry Library who has an ailment called Chrono-Displaced Person (CDP), which without his control removes him to the past or the future under stressful circumstances. The clever story is told from the perspectives of Henry and Clare at various times in their lives. Henry's time travels enable him to visit Clare as a little girl and later as an aged widow and explain "how it feels to be living outside of the time constraints most humans are subject to." He seeks out a doctor named Kendrik, who is unable to help him but hopes to find a cure for his daughter, Alba, who has inherited CDP. The lengthy but exciting narrative concludes tragically with Henry's foretold death during one of his time travels but happily shows the timelessness of genuine love. The whole is skillfully written with a blend of distinct characters and heartfelt emotions that hopscotch through time, begging interpretation on many levels. Public libraries should plan on purchasing multiple copies of this highly recommended book.-David A. Beron , Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
People magazine
As Clare and Henry take turns telling the story, revealing the depth of their bond despite everything, a sci-fi premise becomes a powerfully original love story. — Amy Waldman ("Critic's Choice," starred review)
Get ready to be swept away. Audrey Niffenegger’s ... The Time Traveler’s Wife, is poised to single-handedly resurrect the literate romance genre in a way we haven’t seen since A.S. Byatt’s Possession.
Denver Post
And Niffenegger's beautiful prose and sure-handed way with character development lifts "The Time Traveler's Wife" beyond the realm of romance potboilers and into the mainstream of literature that will last.
Kirkus Reviews
Mainstreamed time-travel romance, cleverly executed and tastefully furnished if occasionally overwrought: a first from fine newcomer Niffenegger. While the many iterations and loops here are intricately woven, the plot, proper, is fairly simple. Henry has a genetic condition that causes him to time-travel. The trips, triggered by stress, are unpredictable, and his destination is usually connected to an important event in his life, like his mother's death. Between the ages of 6 and 18, Clare, rich, talented, and beautiful, is repeatedly visited by time-traveling Henry, in his 30s and 40s; they're in love, and lovers, when the visits end. In Chicago, now 20, Clare spots Henry, who, at 28, has never seen her before; she explains, and they begin their contemporaneous life together, which continues until Henry dies at 43. (Clare receives one more visit in her 80s, in a moving final scene.) Henry is presented as dangerous and constantly in danger, but-until his grisly and upsetting final days-those episodes seem incidental, in part because everything is a foregone conclusion, paradox having been dismissed from the start. There's a great deal of such incident; the story could be cut by a third without losing substance. Teenaged Clare is roughly treated on a date; adult Henry beats up the lout. Clare and Henry want to be parents; after a series of heartbreaking miscarriages they have a perfect, time-traveling child. Will Henry's secret be discovered? Henry reveals it himself. Presented as a literary novel, this is more accurately an exceedingly literate one, distinguished by the nearly constant background thrum of connoisseurship. Henry works as a rare-books librarian and recites Rilke; Clare isan avant-sculptress and papermaker; they appreciate the best of punk rock, opera, and Chicago, live in a beautiful house, and have better sex than you. A Love Story for educated, upper-middle-class tastes; with a movie sale to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, it could have some of that long-ago book's commercial potential, too. Film rights to New Line/Plan B. Agent: Joe Regal/Regal Literary
Chicago Tribune
“[A] time-travel love story par excellence…It will be a hard-hearted reader who is not moved to tears by the dangers Henry and Clare ultimately face, and by the author’s soaring celebration of the victory of love over time.”
The Washington Post Book World
“Readers will recall in Love in the Time of Cholera a love that works despite all travails and impediments…Marquez, like Niffenegger here, means to tell us that for such exalted love there is no tragedy and never any constraints.”
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“Thought-provoking and very moving. Plus there are several mentions of punk-rock bands such as the late, great Clash!” Huffington Post Books
“One doesn’t normally associate science fiction with true love, but my favourite romance is Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife.... Heartbreaking.... It’s an introspective and deeply moving tale of sacrifice—and, incidentally, a stunning example of the book being far better than the movie.” The Globe and Mail
“Ms. Niffenegger not only conjured two memorable characters, but also created an affecting story about the magical ability of love to transcend time.” The New York Times

“Highly original novel.... The Time Traveler’s Wife has it all: an innovative plot, intriguing characters and compelling writing.” Chatelaine

“Niffenegger’s storytelling is bold and entrancing. Her prose is warm and inviting. And her characters are created with heartfelt sincerity. There’s a lot to love in this book…. The Time Traveler’s Wife is an engrossing read that keeps both emotions and intellect entertained.” The Times-Colonist 

"The Time Traveler's Wife is a very old love story: wonky, sexy, incredible...but charmingly, inventively retold." The Times

People (Top Ten Books of the Year)
“As Clare and Henry take turns telling the story, revealing the depth of their bond despite everything a sci-fi premise becomes a powerfully original love story.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Niffenegger’s inventive and poignant writing is well worth a trip.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“A singular tale of a charming man with a funny condition (he slips in and out of time) and the woman who loves him. The setting, the city of Chicago, is luminous.”
Time Out New York
“As if love weren’t complicated enough, debut author Niffenegger dreams up a happy couple plagued by a peculiar problem…It is to Niffenegger’s credit that she avoids cheap shots and develops her innovative concept in some exceptionally strange and witty ways.”
The Times (London)
“Contrary to appearances, The Time Traveler’s Wife is a very old love story: wonky, sexy, incredible…charmingly, inventively retold and none the worse for it.”
“An extraordinary novel with a unique premise…Niffenegger compassionately develops her unique characters, with the grace to accept their difficult circumstances, as well as their blessings. Don’t be deceived by the easy charm of Henry and Clare’s relationship; they will draw you into their small circle, make you complicit with their dreams and disappointments. They will break your heart.”
Scott Turow
“To those who say there are no new love stories, I heartily recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife, an enchanting novel, beautifully crafted and as dazzlingly imaginative as it is dizzyingly romantic.”
Jodi Picoult
“Haunting, original, and so smart it took my breath away…in short, the rare kind of book that I finish and jealously wish that I’d written.”
Caroline Preston
The Time Traveler’s Wife is a Houdini box of a novel, filled with spring latches and trap doors. Henry and Clare’s love affair zigs and zags across decades – at times touching, childish, sexy, tragic but always true. It is an exhilarating ride, and I was grateful to travel along.”
Anne Ursu
“Audrey Niffenegger imagines this story of an accidental time-traveler and the love of his life with grace and humanity. Fiercely inventive, slyly ambitious, and lovingly told, The Time Traveler’s Wife sparkles as it fearlessly explores the delicate interplay of love and time. This novel is a joy.”

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Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Harvest Book Series
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Clare: It's hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he's okay. It's hard to be the one who stays.

I keep myself busy. Time goes faster that way.

I go to sleep alone, and wake up alone. I take walks. I work until I'm tired. I watch the wind play with the trash that's been under the snow all winter. Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by absence?

Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?

Henry: How does it feel? How does it feel?

Sometimes it feels as though your attention has wandered for just an instant. Then, with a start, you realize that the book you were holding, the red plaid cotton shirt with white buttons, the favorite black jeans and the maroon socks with an almost-hole in one heel, the living room, the about-to-whistle tea kettle in the kitchen: all of these have vanished. You are standing, naked as a jaybird, up to your ankles in ice water in a ditch along an unidentified rural route. You wait a minute to see if maybe you will just snap right back to your book, your apartment, et cetera. After about five minutes of swearing and shivering and hoping to hell you can just disappear, you start walking in any direction, which will eventually yield a farmhouse, where you have the option of stealing or explaining. Stealing will sometimes land you in jail, but explaining is more tedious and time consuming and involves lying anyway, and also sometimes results in being hauled off to jail, so what the hell.

Sometimes you feel as though you have stood up too quickly even if you are lying in bed half asleep. You hear blood rushing in your head, feel vertiginous falling sensations. Your hands and feet are tingling and then they aren't there at all. You've mislocated yourself again. It only takes an instant, you have just enough time to try to hold on, to flail around (possibly damaging yourself or valuable possessions) and then you are skidding across the forest green carpeted hallway of a Motel 6 in Athens, Ohio, at 4:16 a.m., Monday, August 6, 1981, and hit your head on someone's door, causing this person, a Ms. Tina Schulman from Philadelphia, to open this door and start screaming because there's a naked, carpet-burned man passed out at her feet. You wake up in the County Hospital concussed with a policeman sitting outside your door listening to the Phillies game on a crackly transistor radio. Mercifully, you lapse back into unconsciousness and wake up again hours later in your own bed with your wife leaning over you looking very worried.

Sometimes you feel euphoric. Everything is sublime and has an aura, and suddenly you are intensely nauseated and then you are gone. You are throwing up on some suburban geraniums, or your father's tennis shoes, or your very own bathroom floor three days ago, or a wooden sidewalk in Oak Park, Illinois circa 1903, or a tennis court on a fine autumn day in the 1950s, or your own naked feet in a wide variety of times and places.

How does it feel?

It feels exactly like one of those dreams in which you suddenly realize that you have to take a test you haven't studied for and you aren't wearing any clothes. And you've left your wallet at home.

When I am out there, in time, I am inverted, changed into a desperate version of myself. I become a thief, a vagrant, an animal who runs and hides. I startle old women and amaze children. I am a trick, an illusion of the highest order, so incredible that I am actually true.

Is there a logic, a rule to all this coming and going, all this dislocation? Is there a way to stay put, to embrace the present with every cell? I don't know. There are clues; as with any disease there are patterns, possibilities. Exhaustion, loud noises, stress, standing up suddenly, flashing light -- any of these can trigger an episode. But: I can be reading the Sunday Times, coffee in hand and Clare dozing beside me on our bed and suddenly I'm in 1976 watching my thirteen-year-old self mow my grandparents' lawn. Some of these episodes last only moments; it's like listening to a car radio that's having trouble holding on to a station. I find myself in crowds, audiences, mobs. Just as often I am alone, in a field, house, car, on a beach, in a grammar school in the middle of the night. I fear finding myself in a prison cell, an elevator full of people, the middle of a highway. I appear from nowhere, naked. How can I explain? I have never been able to carry anything with me. No clothes, no money, no ID. Fortunately I don't wear glasses. I spend most of my sojourns acquiring clothing and trying to hide.

It's ironic, really. All my pleasures are homey ones: armchair splendor, the sedate excitements of domesticity. All I ask for are humble delights. A mystery novel in bed, the smell of Clare's long red-gold hair damp from washing, a postcard from a friend on vacation, cream dispersing into coffee, the softness of the skin under Clare's breasts, the symmetry of grocery bags sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to be unpacked. I love meandering through the stacks at the library after the patrons have gone home, lightly touching the spines of the books. These are the things that can pierce me with longing when I am displaced from them by Time's whim.

And Clare, always Clare. Clare in the morning, sleepy and crumple-faced. Clare with her arms plunging into the papermaking vat, pulling up the mold and shaking it so, and so, to meld the fibers. Clare reading, with her hair hanging over the back of the chair, massaging balm into her cracked red hands before bed. Clare's low voice is in my ear often.

I hate to be where she is not, when she is not. And yet, I am always going, and she cannot follow.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Time Traveler's Wife is a heart-wrenching account of a time traveler named Henry, who spontaneously "travels." He cannot control when the time travel happens and it leads to a very unpredictable life. Henry meets Clare and thus begins a love story of two people who can never be completely together.
The Time Traveler's Wife will stay with you well after you've read the ending. I read the ending over and over again wanting to relive the last moment these two lovers were together. Melancholy follows the two lovers and propels you to keep reading. There is deep symolism in the novel, though the circumstances around the two main characters is outlandish, the feelings behind it are real. How can you truly be 100% with someone who can never be there for you? It's a question a lot of relationships face and Niffenegger answers it beautifully.
The movie is coming out this November and is starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. I hope that the movie lives up to the book, though it will be hard. Interesting read, I recommend it with 5 stars.
1DANA3 More than 1 year ago
A lot to try to keep straight, but well thought out, amazing and entertaining story. This is original, unforgettable, complex, touching, thought-provoking and just plain AMAZING! The love and loss, until later, I will always love you theme carries through the time traveling storyline beautifully and satisfyingly. What a puzzle to try to keep straight in your head! Great insight and perserverence! Fantastic, to say the least, and unconventional, for sure, but truly one to keep you turning the pages!Well worth the read! Some others I LOVED below...
timetraveler-1692- More than 1 year ago
Magical and tragic. Painful and frustrating. You have to really open yourself up to fiction to really enjoy the whole concept of a character who has a genetic disorder that allows time travel. There were a few times that I felt the plot was dragged out too far, yet there are characters that could have been given more depth (Kimmie, the marriage of Gomez and Charisse). Overall, I really enjoyed this story, however, it left me feeling bereft with sadness and frustration. We learned the fate of Henry, I don't understand why the author could not leave us with what happened to Clare. We know she lived at least until the age of 82, but what happened inbetween? Did she remarry? Did the several pairs of golashes allude to grandchildren, a husband??? What happened to Gomez and Charisse (Charisse feared that Gomez would leave her for Clare when Henry was gone)? Did Clare live the rest of her life in the present like Henry asked her to? After investing so much time into this book, the ending was unfair to the reader. Good writing, new concept and idea as far as time travel goes.
KyKy More than 1 year ago
this is undoubtably the best book i have ever read. the only thing i didnt like was the reoccurring use of a few derogatory sexual words, but even that couldnt change my view of this story. it was exciting, moving, romantic and heartbreaking. i will never forget The Time Traveler's Wife.
sydewinder More than 1 year ago
I found this book discarded on a subway; because I had over an hour until my stop, and because I needed something to distract me from the homeless man who was shouting expletives at me from across the aisle, I flipped open the cover. 3 days later (yes, I had gotten off the train) I finished. I consider myself a tough critic most of the time. But this book was amazing. I loved the characters, I loved the plot, I loved the ending. It was real, messy, and brilliant! None of this cookie cutter stuff you read where you expect every plot twist, and where everything works out wonderfully in the end for everyone. No, this is some good storytelling! I would never have bought this book, not in a million years. But I want to thank the person who left it on the subway. I'm going to start doing that with the books I really like. Clearly the book isn't for everyone. It has swearing, sex, and violence, and aside from the latter, I am usually very critical of books with these inclusions. But for this book, the swearing the sex and most certainly the violence, was all necessary. Read it if you want, or don't. But when you finish it, leave it on the train or bus or ferry or airplane. Guys like me need to read stuff like this and we won't unless we stumble upon it when we are seeking distraction from the mentally ill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely confusing during the first 30 pages or so and I did have to reread wondering of I was getting it right but after a while you start to catch on to the writing technique. It is a love story that is demented but you do start to believe in the characters and understand their thoughts. The last quarter of the book I found it very hard to put the book down and knew that it was not going to be a happy ending. The author tried to make it a happy ending but it wasn't a good enough happy ending. I am sure the movie is going to romanticize the book way more than it is and if the ending is the same, I don't want to see it. Just too sad for me.
songofthestars91 More than 1 year ago
This masterpiece of a novel is broken into many pieces and brilliantly woven together by Niffenegger, who must have the mind of a poetic genius. The Time Traveler's Wife is like nothing I've ever read before, and I enjoyed every page of the truly original story about love and fate. The main characters, Henry and Clare, both have distinct voices that somehow blend together perfectly to create a tale of passion and heartbreak between two soul mates that are destined from the very beginning. However, the more sexual parts of the book were a little too graphic for my taste, and the erratic timeline would get somewhat confusing at times. But despite those small complaints, I thought that Niffenegger's first novel was absolutely riveting.
JuliaNY More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read (and I have been an avid reader for over 40 years.) Even though I had to adjust to the idea of non-linear time, I was hooked on the characters and the story from page one. It is a beautiful, touching, original, fantastic love story and more. The book's use of fluid time lets you view the characters in a very novel and personal way. I will never forget this book.
Ophelia81 More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and I tend to get lost in books. With that said I have been looking for a good book to read for awhile and I finally found it. This is a must read for every woman I know. This is a true love story that exists over time and conquers all barriers. Niffenegger's writing pulls the reader into the story and allows them to feel the characters angst throughout the book, by writing from Claire and Henry's point of view. It is a quick read, maybe because I could not put it down. When I finished this book I could not stop telling everyone, even strangers, how much I loved it. Its a must read and a great gift for the avid reader in your life.
LaconicJennie More than 1 year ago
I first had seen the movie and i instantly had fallen in love with it. so i decided to get the book and although there was a couple of differences from the book to the movie i think that book version is still better than the movie. the book it is compelling it like i would put the book down only to drawned back to the book to read it. i was up till 5 in the morning reading the book. it is fantastic. i would not recommend it for people under 15 as it has some sexual content but it is humorous and just a roller coaster ride. unlike Nicholas Sparks who writes with his heart on his sleeve and heart in his throat Ms. Niffenegger writes with a slight detachment. Nicholas Sparks sort of makes you love the characters while Audrey Niffenegger writes with this indifference but soon enough you'll find yourself head first into a sob session for the characters in her book. it is a must read.
kangamaam More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. It has the best qualities of science fiction but with a a much higher quality of story-telling than I usually find in that genre. I found myself really caring about the characters. I can't wait to read her next book.
avidreader255 More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this book down. It was recommended to me by a friend and I have recommended it to everyone. The plot was different and the characters were well developed. You fell in love with the two main characters and couldn't wait to see what happened. You had to keep track of the dates, otherwise it could get a little confusing. Everyone I know that read this book, loved it. It's not your typical love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the commercial for the movie and was enticed. I always like to read the book first, though, so I recently got it, and as soon as I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! At times the time traveling makes it a little confusing, but everything else about the book is amazing. It is romantic, touching, and interesting; it truly is unlike any other book that I have read. I would recommend this to anyone - it's the perfect book to read if you're going to have a long period of down time because you won't want to stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Time Traveler's Wife is a riveting tale of Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire. At a young age Henry learns he has the ability to time travel, but unfortunately he has no control over when he travels. Jumping through time, Henry often visits the past, where he meets his future wife Clare. When they eventually meet in the present, things become a bit tricky for the two of them as Clare is almost always waiting for Henry's return. Clare spends most of her childhood waiting on Henry. Henry and Clare find that there are only a few people in their life that they can trust with Henry's secret. This traditional love story with some unusual twists did not leave me disappointed. I grew to love the characters and was greedily waiting for the next action to take place. I really liked Clare's point of view. Her point of view provided useful insight into Henry's world as well as their own life together.I also loved her character, and how she was so faithful and trusting of Henry, when she had to keep waiting for him. Something unique to this book that really grabbed my attention were the settings. The two main settings, the meadow and the city, represented the two different moods in this book. To me the meadow represented the happy times and the city represented the rougher times in Henry and Clare's life. Although I did not especially like the science in this book, it did add more depth and mystery to the plot. It was also thought provoking, thinking there was a gene that could make one time travel.The ending to this book is also really ironic and I wish that it did not end the way it did. The style in which this book is written is kind of confusing at times, but after reading through the whole book, it makes sense, because it all comes together at the end. Overall I enjoyed this book. While it is not outstanding, in my opinion, it had a steady pace and great plot as well as characters. The Time Traveler's Wife is worth reading.
mindflavor More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel so much I cried. The characters are absolutely engaging and the complex plot well executed. I don't think the movie did it justice at all and have recommended it to several friends already. Fans of Romantic Science Fiction will be well pleased with The Time Traveler's Wife!
tiffany_cullen More than 1 year ago
I consider this one of the best novels I have ever read. It is one of the "must reads" of my life. Niffenegger's style is genuine, full of comical moments as well as breaking points. The lives of Clare and Henry are intertwined beautifully, and many couples will be able to relate to them even though they are wonderful works of fiction. I reccomend this novel to anyone who enjoys escaping into a realm unlike their own.
TheLight More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and read about a book a week, but this book was finished in days! The plot of this exquisite novel was seamless and its characters were made tangible by the author. I've recommended this book to many friends and everyone has the same reaction: It is an unbelievably captivating, intense, and emotionally charged novel and possibly the most creative love story ever written.
BettyFernau More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best novels I have had read. It drew me in, and held me captive until the very last page. I felt emotionally connected to the characters, and sobbed as if my own heart were breaking in two. I will recommend this book to everyone I know. I only hope the movie does it justice!
Malzy More than 1 year ago
This book sucks you in from the first pages. It takes you to a place where only Henry and Clare exist. I found myself addicted and unable to put this book down. The author makes sure to make every page of the book a new adventure for Clare and Henry. The relationship between Henry and Clare is magical and extremely romantic. I recommend this book to everyone.
all55husbands More than 1 year ago
The whole time i was reading the book it consumed my thoughts the entire time,I mean I thought of literally nothing else, I even found myself dreaming about it. While it was a little confusing everything eventually comes full circle and by the end it all made sense. This book is definitely one of my favorites.
cassie58522 More than 1 year ago
I'm always drawn to stories about time travel or 'if only I could have made a different choice.' In this story one of the characters moves back and forth in time, never knowing where or when he will arrive, but he is drawn like a magnetic to one woman. She has a deep and enduring love that gives her the strength to cope with his long absences and the fear of never knowing where he is, what he must be doing to survive, and if he is safe. I will look for other books by this author.
drakelady More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book about four or five years ago just browsing through the Noteworthy Fiction table at BN. I was just looking for something to hold my attention, but what this book gave me was sooo much more. This is a harrowing tale of how love can conquer all, even time itself. This book is not for everyone; it is mostly for those readers who love to lose themselves in a fantastical romance that still feels grounded in reality. The problems Henry and Clare face are real: loneliness, sense of abandonment, infertility; they just happen to be caused by time travel. For those looking for a dashing white knight of a romantic hero, take a second to reevaluate your expectations. Henry is not an innocent. When faced with real survival issues, he will do what is necessary to live: steal, assault (usually in self defense), and lie, alot. But his love for Clare is true, trust in that. Audrey Niffeneggar's inventive narrative is refreshing if somewhat confusing, just take the time to note how old each character is, what year it is, both of which is denoted at the beginning of each section. Give this book a chance, I promise you won't forget it.
April_Rain More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books I've picked up and put down several times. I finally decided to read it after I saw the movie preview and am now sorry I didn't read it sooner. Yes, it was kind of hard to follow at first (the date/times) but once you get into it you figure it out. The writing itself isn't too terribly descriptive or engaging, but I still had a hard time putting it down until I was finished. It's simply a sweet, amazing love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Book is amazing. It's one of those slow moving romance novels that aren't exactly a "romance novel". It has a lot of passion and you get absorbed into the characters. The writing style and concept of the whole book is unbelievable. I can't wait for the movie (although the trailer looks a little iffy). You'll laugh, you'll cry, please read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of my top ten favorites. I was hooked from the first page, and is a book that will stay with me for awhile yet. Though Henry has a most unfortunate condition, he still manages to find the love of his life. Their relationship is by no means conventional, and while the constant time traveling is a problem, Clare and Henry's love survives. Though perhaps some of the language used in the book is a bit disturbing, i still enjoyed this book. I guess its so enjoyable because it lets your imagination run away and wonder what if that could really happen? It'd be quite interesting to meet your future husband on numerous occasions during your childhood and then find him in real time....Its everything a book should be;an escape.