The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
You know what I hate? I hate when a book I adored becomes a best selling sensation, not because the author doesn’t deserve it, clearly they do, but because then the book becomes a “thing.” Then people read it because everyone’s reading it, not because they really want to.
That bugs me.
When that book is then made into a movie and people say “oh, I don’t need to read it, I can just go see it?” well, then my blood boils and my soul weeps.
But that’s another story.
A long time ago, before the movie, before it became a “thing” I read an incredible love story that enchanted me and made me wish beyond all reason that the star crossed lovers could find a resolution to their torment.
I read the book and watched for some time travel paradox, some issue, some bit of the story that didn’t line up, and never found even one. That alone should have been reason enough to love this book. But then I fell in love with the characters. I fell in love with their conundrum. I fell in love with their lives. Even as the plot rushed towards its inevitable conclusion I couldn’t put it away… though I was compelled to stop reading so the characters wouldn’t have to face what was coming.
I didn’t stop reading and though I wept bitter tears at the end, it was well worth it.
Read this book if: You love a good complicated love story. You enjoy an amazingly well crafted story. You like a little bit of fantasy in your fiction.
Would this make a good book club book? I think so. You’d be able to discuss challenging relationships, overcoming challenges, and even parenting and infertility.
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