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Title: The Time Traveler's Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Rating: 9.9

My sister recommended this book to me and when she described the gist of it, I was intrigued. The story follows the lives of two main characters, Henry and Claire. Henry has a genetic disorder that allows him to move through time, usually not at will. Stress, flashing strobing lights and things such as that can trigger the response and he can go either forward or backward in time. Claire is Henry's wife in the future, who met him when he time traveled back to her when she was 6 years old and over the next 14 years of her life saw him for hours or days at a time before he'd disappear back to his time. He wasn't always the same age, sometimes he'd be younger, sometimes older.

The story itself is interesting and well told. Claire is, both for Henry and us, the "grounding" point. We follow her life chronologically, while we see Henry anywhere from age 5 to 43 at any time. When you read it, you begin to feel the inevitable end of it and yet are drawn to continue reading. You follow Henry and Claire's trials in trying to conceive a child, and Henry's battles with Claire as a young girl and woman in trying not to reveal too much to her so that she can continue on with her life in a semi-normal fashion. As you read it, you begin to suspect the end. You see things from the beginning of the book that marks Henry's later life coming back at the end of the book and it all ties together in some Moebius Strip of reality that both he and Claire persevere through.

This book comes with what I consider my highest recommendation to go out and read it. Donna, if you still do your book club, this is an excellent book and actually has those silly quiz questions at the end of it for book club members. I'd really love for any of you to read this because I'd love to discuss the intricasies of the plot with you, it's that compelling of a novel. =)
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