It has been over ten years since The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger, was first published (2003). Immensely popular, it has sold over 5 million copies, it was made into a movie, and is now available as an e-book with the first twenty-five pages of a sequel included. Wow.
It was given to me several years ago by my husband. He had a feeling I would enjoy reading it, and he was right.
What is unique about this love story that follows a child into parenthood as she waits for the love of her life is that the man who becomes her husband and the father of her daughter travels through time. A lot. This is not a science fiction novel. The time travel element is handled as an inconvenient health problem that separates two people whose love stands the test of time and prolonged separation.
It’s complicated, as love and relationships often are, but the unique concept, and poignant journey of Clare and Henry, keep us spellbound and break our hearts.