Read this from chuvaness & got suuuuperrrr excited!!! <3 I heart-heart-HEART Time Traveler’s Wife. Makes me cry every single time I watch it, no kidding! @_@ I was just watching it (again) last night as I was forced to walk on my treadmill haha! My hunny laughed as he saw me crying while walking.. sweat & snot not a very good combination! (eeeeewwwweeee!!!)
This clever and inventive tale works on three levels: as an intriguing science fiction concept, a realistic character study and a touching love story. Henry De Tamble is a Chicago librarian with “Chrono Displacement” disorder; at random times, he suddenly disappears without warning and finds himself in the past or future, usually at a time or place of importance in his life. This leads to some wonderful paradoxes. From his point of view, he first met his wife, Clare, when he was 28 and she was 20. She ran up to him exclaiming that she’d known him all her life. He, however, had never seen her before. But when he reaches his 40s, already married to Clare, he suddenly finds himself time travelling to Clare’s childhood and meeting her as a 6-year-old. The book alternates between Henry and Clare’s points of view, and so does the narration. Reed ably expresses the longing of the one always left behind, the frustrations of their unusual lifestyle, and above all, her overriding love for Henry. Likewise, Burns evokes the fear of a man who never knows where or when he’ll turn up, and his gratitude at having Clare, whose love is his anchor.
On the surface, Henry and Clare Detamble are a normal couple living in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Henry works at the Newberry Library and Clare creates abstract paper art, but the cruel reality is that Henry is a prisoner of time. It sweeps him back and forth at its leisure, from the present to the past, with no regard for where he is or what he is doing. It drops him naked and vulnerable into another decade, wearing an age-appropriate face. In fact, it’s not unusual for Henry to run into the other Henry and help him out of a jam. Sound unusual? Imagine Clare Detamble’s astonishment at seeing Henry dropped stark naked into her parents’ meadow when she was only six. Though, of course, until she came of age, Henry was always the perfect gentleman and gave young Clare nothing but his friendship as he dropped in and out of her life.
So when chuvaness featured Samantha Sotto’s novel Before Ever After, I was delirious with joy because according to the author, this is another time traveler’s story but with a happy ending! :)
|The very young, very pretty author who got published by Random House, no less!
What an honor for our country! :)
Here’s an online review for..
I can’t wait to get my hands on her book. Our august 2, 2011. Don’t miss it!!! ;)