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“Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass… Why has he gone where I cannot follow?”
Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife

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Last week, after a long wait and much anticipation, a trailer was finally posted for the screen adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife! Click here to view it. Let’s hope they stay true to the novel (trying not to get my hopes up too much).

Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other, as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals – steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

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“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”
Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife

I first read The Time Traveler’s Wife in December of 2007, after leaving it sitting on my bookshelf, unread, for far too long. I immediately regretted not having read it sooner. This is an incredible, beautiful, heart-wrenching love story… and fantastically original. I was torn between not being able to put it down, and wanting to take my time and savor the story. I didn’t want it to be over. It was as if Henry and Clare were people I knew; their love was so strong and so passionate. The ending just grabbed my heart. I cried and cried. I remember Ricky and I had only been married a couple months and he comes home from work to find me sobbing on the couch, wondering what he’s done wrong.  ;oP

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On a side note, Audrey Niffenegger’s second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, is scheduled to come out this Fall. The synopsis sounds very intriguing and I will definitely be picking it up on the release date!

Six years after the phenomenal success of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger has returned with a spectacularly compelling and haunting second novel set in and around Highgate Cemetery in London.

When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers — with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. They come to know the building’s other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Marjike, Martin’s devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt’s neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including — perhaps — their aunt, who can’t seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.

Niffenegger weaves a captivating story in Her Fearful Symmetry about love and identity, about secrets and sisterhood, and about the tenacity of life — even after death.

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