1. In The Time Traveler's Wife, the characters
meet each other at various times during their lifetime. How does
the author keep all the timelines in order and "on time"?
2. Although Henry does the time traveling, Clare is equally
impacted. How does she cope with his journeys and does she
ultimately accept them?
3. How does the writer introduce the reader to the concept of
time travel as a realistic occurrence? Does she succeed?
4. Henry's life is disrupted on multiple levels by spontaneous
time travel. How does his career as a librarian offset his
tumultuous disappearances? Why does that job appeal to Henry?
5. Henry and Clare know each other for years before they fall in
love as adults. How does Clare cope with the knowledge that at a
young age she knows that Henry is the man she will eventually
6. The Time Traveler's Wife is ultimately an
enduring love story. What trials and tribulations do Henry and
Clare face that are the same as or different from other "normal"
7. How does their desire for a child affect their
8. The book is told from both Henry and Clare's perspectives.
What does this add to the story?
9. Do you think the ending of the novel is satisfactory?
10. Though history there have been dozens of mediums used for
time travel in literature. Please site examples and compare
The Time Traveler's Wife to the ones with which
you are familiar.
From the Hardcover edition.