The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Traveler’s Wife is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a romantic drama about a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage. Niffenegger, frustrated in love when she began the work, wrote the story as a metaphor for her failed relationships. The novel, which has been classified as both science fiction and romance, examines issues of love, loss, and free will. In particular, it uses time travel to explore miscommunication and distance in relationships, while also investigating deeper existential questions.