Book: The Time Traveler's Wife

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The Time Traveler's Wife

Author: Audrey Niffenegger
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Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing

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.

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Barnes and Noble

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)

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Film:The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

Robert Schwentke

Based on the best-selling book about a love that transcends time.

Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler—cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Despite the fact that Henry’s travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love.

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