The Time Traveler’s Wife

A love story about a man with a genetic disease that causes him to travel through time, and his artist wife, who has to cope with his unpredictable reappearances.

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Release Date
July 5, 2003


Book Genres
Science Fiction



A hilarious, often moving story about a guy and a girl who meet with a twist. What if one of them was unable to stop drifting in and out of time? This debut novel is highly creative and innovative, raising questions about life, love, and the influence of time on relationships.

The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger’s groundbreaking debut novel, tells the story of Clare, a gorgeous art student, and Henry, an adventurous librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, since Henry is one of the first persons to be diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock resets on a regular basis, and he finds himself lost in time, drawn to emotional high points in his life, past and future. His disappearances are unplanned, and his experiences are both terrifying and entertaining.

As the novel unfolds from both points of view, The Time Traveler’s Wife explores the impact of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their deep love for each other. Clare and Henry try to live normal lives, seeking conventional goals such as stable careers, excellent friends, and their own children. All of this is jeopardized by something they cannot prevent or control, making their story both incredibly moving and unforgettable.