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The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

11 Sep

“It comes out so quietly that I have to ask her to repeat it: “It’s just that I thought maybe you were married to me.”

 

Told through both Clare and Henry’s point of view, this is a “timeless” love story quite literally.  Clare met Henry when she was seven; Henry met Clare when she was an adult.  If that last sentence seems confusing, it’s just a taste.  Henry struggles with what he calls “chrono displacement disorder,” and often finds himself shooting through time.  He reappears, either in the past or in the future, not sure of his location and sporting only his bathing suit.  This, needless to say, makes his relationship with Clare a bit complicated.

But isn’t every relationship complicated?  I think that’s the point here.  While every couple has its share of issues, this issue is supernatural.  That doesn’t change how they deal with it.  Clare and Henry have a very real love, made more real by the trials and tribulations caused by time travel.  Since occasionally Clare gives us her point of view, and occasionally Henry tells us his, we never doubt the love between them.  We do, however, see the secrets they don’t share with each other.

What really impressed me about this novel is its beautiful writing.  I learned that Audrey Niffenegger is an artist.  This shows in her writing; she turns words into paint and lays them gently on the page until the story comes to life.  While I was occasionally confused about where and when each scene began, I was constantly intrigued by this story.  I found it warm, heartfelt, and, pardon the repetition, beautiful.

I’m very excited to read the author’s second book, Her Fearful Symmetry.  Five Stars.

 

PS: I saw the movie, and it just seemed pointless.  I don’t know if I would have felt that way had I not read the book, but regardless, read the book.  Don’t bother with the movie.

The Mercy of Thin Air, by Ronlyn Domingue

20 Jul

The Mercy of Thin Air “Why, it beats so I can love you.”

Young Razi Nolan is at the cusp of a life-changing decision when she dies suddenly at the age of 22 in 1929.  Now, as a ghost, Razi has access to all of her life memories, as clearly as if they all happened yesterday.  After all, time no longer has much meaning.  Razi shares her memories, centering on life as a young woman in love in the 1920s.  Razi intertwines her story with the story of the young, modern-day couple with whom she now “haunts.”  While Razi gathers hints and learns more about the couple she is living with, they are doing the same.  The result is a hint of mystery that keeps everything moving with a forward momentum.  We are also given two passionate love stories made real with challenges and pitfalls along the way.

I loved the patchwork story telling in this novel.  I learned about New Orleans in the 1920s and the book has motivated me to learn more about the women of this era and how they fought for women’s rights.  The Mercy of Thin Air is, on the surface, a love story that brought me to tears several times.  It’s the mysticism, however, that makes it a stand-out read.  That love lasts beyond death is a touching theme.

I found this book a year ago for sale for a quarter at my hometown library.  Even though it was highly recommended by a friend, I just now got around to reading it.  I’m sorry I delayed.  I highly recommend this as a summer read. Five Star!