The Time Traveler’s Wife
Audrey Niffenegger (2003)
Ever heard a woman complain that her man refuses to grow up? Enter Claire, main character and a devoted wife with an undying love for her husband Henry, who just so happens to have a genetic disorder that sees him jump back and forth in time at the drop of a hat. Their relationship is characterised by Claire’s longing for her beloved, with her waiting anxiously for his return from each time jump. In the movie adaptation, Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana bring to life the surreal world inhabited by the loved-up couple.
Part love story, part fantasy, the message that comes across loud and clear is: seize the day. A huge literary hit, the book has graduated into a modern classic. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s time to seize the day.