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After beginning chemo for a rare cancer, Hildy discovers an extraordinary talent—the ability to see and take other people’s time. She also discovers there’s an underground market for quality time. After all, who has enough time? The dying, especially, want to get more of it, but giving it to them means taking it from someone else. How moral is she? How will she juggle the ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published July 1st 2017 by Aqueduct Books
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
2.5 stars. This rather odd fantasy novella was just published on July 1, 2017. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Hildy, who’s been experiencing odd gaps in her awareness, is hit with the news that she has cancer of the Tempora, a (made-up) part of the brain where the body experiences time. Her chemotherapy has an odd side effect: Hildy can now see auras around people in the form of colorful mists and vapors. What’s more, she finds that she can pull away bits of aura from other people and
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Debbie Notkin
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This odd novella starts from the premise that we all carry our memories about us in the form of auras that few can see, and an even smaller number can swipe from us. The protagonist, who is dealing with "temporal cancer" (because our brains apparently have some kind of temporal lobe) begins to see, and then learn to take, the time swirling around people. She gets more and more sophisticated and adept at stealing and storing time -- while becoming embroiled with potentially nefarious people in ...more
Chandler Smith
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"But now there was this new world, filled with things she didn't know and had trouble figuring out. How was she to navigate it? What use would she make of it?"

Throughout Karen Heuler's probing, melancholy novella, the protagonist Hildy asks herself questions: about life, death, love, loss, time and its passing, as well as the extraordinary circumstances in which she finds herself.

"Cancer of the Tempora -- who had ever heard of that?"

In chemotherapy for this unusual affliction (the Tempora, we
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Nicholas Kaufmann
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The central allegory in this brilliant, tightly constructed novella would at first glance seem to be the passage of time and the possibility of regaining it, but really it's just as much about memory, experience, and meaning. Hildy's ability to see and steal people's time is a wonderful and original concept, perfectly written by an author in complete control of her prose. I love everything I've read by Karen Heuler, and IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME stands with her best work. Highly recommended!
Monica
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Publisher descriptions of Heuler books do not do them justice. Trying to pigeon-hole/label her books is impossible because they deal with complex and varied issues. The author tells a great story. Straight forward writing that tucks you into the pages of the book.
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Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative journals and anthologies, from Alaska Quarterly Review to Weird Tales. She has won an O. Henry award, was short-listed for the Iowa Short Fiction award, nominated for Pushcart and Best American Short Story awards, and was a finalist for the Bellwether Award and the Shirley Jackson Award (twice). The New York Times called her ...more