I just finished reading this amazing novel by Audrey Niffenegger this past Sunday. I bought the book a while ago, but was 'saving it' for special reading. I haven’t read such an elegantly simple, effective, poignant, and carefully crafted story in a long time. In a nutshell, it’s a modern love story between Henry, a man who has “Chrono Displacement” disorder (in other words, he time travels) and Clare, the woman who has stood by him for years. However, as Henry’s ‘affliction’ suggests, this is not your normal love story (if it were, I would’ve never bought it).
Henry meets Clare when he is 36 and she is 6 years old. The novel spans many years and the narration flips back-and-forth between Henry and Clare. As I read the novel, I truly became engrossed with the characters’ lives --they were eerily real, as if they could be friends of mine. I was so affected by them that when I finished the novel, I couldn’t sleep because I was so sad for them. I kept thinking about how Henry and Clare could’ve avoided certain outcomes or tried other tactics to change their lives. I won’t give away the ending or anything else, but suffice it to say, I’m sure you’ll be emotionally invested in this story. I highly, highly recommend this novel! I recommend it so much that I’ve written an entry about it!