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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
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Jan 12, 09

bookshelves: favorites, fantasy, contemporary-fiction
Recommended for: anyone who loves a good supernatural romance
Read in December, 2008, read count: 2

The wonderful thing about The Time Traveler's Wife is that it is beautiful and complex, haunting and sad all at once. It is both a romance and a mystery with a healthy dose of the supernatural for good measure. What I think really sets it apart is that the science fiction aspect of time travel is really secondary to the love story. This is overwhelmingly a story about the love of two people - Clare and Henry - and the greatest obstacle to that love - time. Niffenegger's mastery of the timeline is borderline genius. The story could have very easily become confused by the Henry's constant shifts in time, place and age, but Niffenegger's story is so well-planned out that you never misplace Henry in time. The characters are also heartbreakingly human, which helps you identify with them even as they face fantastic and unimaginable challenges. At heart, Henry and Clare are just like any other couple fighting to survive. This book will capture your heart.
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