The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

time traveler's wife

Grade: B+

Doing it at: 4%

Catnip: Real Book; Pillow Weeper; The 90’s; Dual Narrative; Soulmates; Time Travel

Shame Scale: No shame, you could read this book anywhere with no shade, I think it might even be endorsed by Oprah.

Fantasy Cast: Eric Bana; Rachel McAdams 

Book Description:

This is the story of Henry and Clare, who have known each other since Clare was 6 and Henry was 36 and were married when Clare was 20 and Henry 28. This is possible only because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he flashes to other points in time.

Mary was pretty shocked to discover that I had neither read The Time Traveler’s Wife nor seen the movie. She was sure I would love it, and I think she considers it required romance reading, as it may have been one of her gateway books. She presented me with a paper copy (a rarity since we read 97% Kindle now)with the caveat that I might want to stock up on Kleenex. Who doesn’t like to be devastated by a book?

This is the story of Henry and Clare, Henry meets Clare in 1991. Clare meets Henry in 1977. She meets grown up Henry, traveling back in time to visit with his wife, well before she was his wife (because she was six). Confused a little? Its kind of a science fiction book, in the sense that there is time traveling and some shaky science involved. But it is definitely a romance in the sense that Henry and Clare are madly in love and meeting each other all over time. Continue reading