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This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this uncontrollable force, Henry and Clare's struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
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At its core The Time Traveler's Wife is an old-fashioned love story. A terrific book... startlingly original construction - Observer
I was ridiculously entranced by Audrey Niffenegger's big, reckless novel... utterly convincing - Daily Telegraph
Niffenegger exploits the possibilities of her fantasy scenario with immense skill: no wonder this novel has spent weeks on the bestseller lists in the US. This is one of those books that makes you want to eat it up from start to finish - Guardian
Wonky, sexy, incredible - The Times
Pick up Niffenegger's book and you'll experience a visceral thrill that only a few novels provide - an elegy to love and loss. Niffenegger is a master at saying the unsayable, so here's something unsayable especially for her. 'lanoitpecxesikoobsiht' - Independent on Sunday
Magical-memorable..poignant, amusing and intensely moving portrait of a unique relationship...quirky, romantic, and kept the right side of cute - Mail on Sunday
A sweet, original fantasy-its flights of authorial fancy balanced by down-to-earth characters and the unfey, matter-of-fact language - Sunday Telegraph
Henry's journeys back and forth are by turns slapstick noir and unbearably poignant, and Clare's child and teen narrations disturbingly pitch-perfect. Philosophical speculation occurs in the most unlikely devices and morality, despite the temptations of plot, remains intact. This is alarmingly close to perfection, and balm to the jaded - Scotland on Sunday
The Time Traveler's Wife is one of those books where you read the first paragraph and you're hooked-unmissable, and it already qualifies for one of the best books of 2004 - Irish Independent
AUDREY NIFFENEGGER is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph's readers' poll of the 'Top 50 Books of All Time' it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two 'novels-in-pictures', The Three Incestuous Sisters (2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Cape. Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was recently serialized in the Guardian and will be published soon on the Cape Graphic list. A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University's Houghton Library.