Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Summary: "A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who involuntarily travels through time, and Clare Abshire, and artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love." ~ Jacket copy
Thoughts: I am left speechless with tracks of former tears drying on my face. This book is moving and compelling. It left me holding back tears on an exam -- I had just finished the New Year's party, and he is now gone. The author was able to pull you in to the point that you could feel the pain that Clare goes through. She is also able to paint a vivid picture of Henry's Clare -- not the one she gave the world, but the one she truly gave him. With Clare's many miscarriages, I wanted to curl into a ball around my stomach and cry. Even though I have never experience it, part of me felt the loss. When I finished this book, I was so fulled with emotions -- still am -- that are so strong they cannot take the form of words. I started thinking about my husband, looking at him differently than before, feeling different . . . I'm not sure what. Maybe Niffenegger's way of writing Clare was able to show me a love so fierce that it could withstand time.
It has taken me awhile to finally pull this off the shelf and read it. This book is not to be read for a "book-to-read." Rather it is an experience and a journey through life, love, and time. Even though I have read some amazing boos, this one takes the cake.
Currently: After this, I am hard pressed to start another book. I want the images and the story still in my brain. Maybe The Gatekeeper by Michelle Gagnon.