Henry De Tamble, a rather dashing librarian at the famous Newberry Library in Chicago, finds himself unavoidably whisked around in time. Finally,he drops in on beautiful teenage Clare Abshire, and a lifelong passion is born. The problem is that while Henry’s age darts back and forth according to his location in time, Clare’s moves forward in the normal manner, so the pair are often out of sync. When the couple find out their daugther Alba, has inherited her father’s abilities, their love is both tested and strenghtened. The romantic ideal that true love can withstand the tests of time, is explored in rich details and with sage wisdom in the Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger. Is it better to spend a moment in love no matter what the cost, than to live a lifetime without it?
“Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?- Claire”