THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE
Niffenegger's intelligent and unique approach to the time-travel genre sets her novel apart in the same way that Diana Gabaldon's Outlander did nearly a decade ago. Claire is an art historian who marries Henry, a librarian suffering from Chrono-Displacement Disorder. As the first person diagnosed with this disease, he finds he travels through time at random intervals.
Claire and Henry first met when she was 6 and he was 36. They marry, however, when she is 23 and he 31. This may seem confusing, but Niffenegger makes everything clear, mainly because of how carefully she creates Claire and Henry. Readers come to understand the importance of every moment they have together. Henry may shift through time, but Claire goes through life in the normal linear pattern.
Not typical in any way, this powerful, thought-provoking concept shows how fleeting time can be and how we make use of the time we have. The realistic and intense emotions of the characters will touch readers. This is a book you will either love, for what it makes you think and feel, or be dissatisfied with, because there can be no happy ending; what you take out of it is your own, and what you do with the lesson might make a difference in your life. (Sep., 528 pp., $25.00)