Book Review 7 – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I started this novel in the summer but it wasn’t until October that I finally decided to finish this book — and boy, was it worth it!

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is truly a marvelous work. When I first started the novel, however, you wouldn’t have heard me saying that — it’s one of those novels that grows on you as you continue to read it. The story itself  is a love story that follows Henry, a librarian who finds himself involuntarily displaced in time, and Claire, an artist who does not time travel. It begins with Henry and Claire’s first date (for Henry), progresses to an older Henry meeting Claire as a young girl, and culminates with Henry meeting Claire when Claire is an old woman (if you’re wondering how that’s possible, I’m not going to give anything more away!) Although some parts of the novel could have been cut out, Niffenegger writes with such presicion and attention to detail that you don’t even mind reading some of the paragraphs that read as lists.

However, what struck a resounding impact with me was Niffenegger’s message that love truly can withstand the test of time, and I recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife to anyone who believes in the power of that statement.