RECOMMENDED BY PAT
A science fiction story focused around time travel, and alternative realities, this book begins with a wonderful question. What if the world of the future was the way we imagined it in the 50’s, the Jetson’s version of progress and technology. What if that had actually happened? And with that we are off and running with Tom Barren, a man from another reality, who because of his own failings has gotten stuck in this very imperfect 2016. The external story is quite complicated, using laymen’s terms of the science of time travel in a very palatable way. I’m not at all scientific and I could follow it. But the internal story, is about insecurity, the fine line between passion and obsession, and the many layers of love that can seduce and deceive us. It is funny, scary, poignant, and wise. Tom is brutally honest with his confusion, guilt and regret about much of his life, and as with all great characters, I found myself cheering him on through all his human frailties. It is a great read and I really enjoyed all the twists and turns.
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"Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor."--Entertainment Weekly
" An] amazing debut novel. . . . Dazzling and complex. . . . Fearlessly funny storytelling."--The Washington Post
"Instantly engaging. . . . A timeless, if mind-bending, story about the journeys we take, populated by friends, family, lovers, and others, that show us who we might be, could be--and maybe never should be--that eventually leads us to who we are."--USA Today
Elan Mastai's acclaimed debut novel is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms.
It's 2016, and in Tom Barren's world, technology has solved all of humanity's problems--
there's no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn't happy. He's lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you're heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid.
Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate reality--
which we immediately recognize as our 2016--
Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who may just be the love of his life.
Now Tom faces an impossible choice. Go back to his perfect but loveless life. Or stay in our messy reality with a soulmate by his side. His search for the answer takes him across continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future--
is supposed to be.
Filled with humor and heart and packed with insight, intelligence, and mind-bending invention, All Our Wrong Todays
is a powerful and moving story of life, loss, and love.