It is still 2003, and will be for another month yet, with a trio of books published in that year making it onto our collective list of the best science fiction novels by women published in the last decade.
The second book of 2003 is Audrey Niffennegger’s The Time-Traveler’s Wife. Astonishingly, given how much attention it has received, I have neither read the book nor seen the movie, so this really will be a first reading of it for me.
It was Niffennegger’s first novel. Although it is now what she is best known for, she has spent most of her career as a professional artist (see, for example, some of her prints) and writes of the novel,
She originally imagined making it as a graphic novel, but eventually realized that it is very difficult to represent sudden time shifts with still images.
Sometimes, a novel really is the right medium.
Strikingly, the title was not altered (to “traveller”) for British audiences.
I will be leading the discussion of The Time-Traveler’s Wife later this month. I hope you will join me in reading and discussing it.