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.
— From Staff Recommendations
“Tom Barren is a time traveler. From 2016. A different 2016 from ours, that is. It's complicated. You see, he traveled from his techno-perfect utopian 2016 back to 1964 and really messed things up, leaving us with our current world. Now, the 2016 Tom-in-our-world, given the chance to return to 1964 and fix what he broke and return the world to the spiffy state he knows, faces the dilemma of loyalty to friends and family from his world versus the possibility of settling down with the love of his life in our grungy world. Whichever he chooses, people he loves will cease to exist. I predict the clever, witty, and poignant All Our Wrong Todays will be a huge bestseller for screenwriter and
first-time novelist Elan Mastai.”
— Clay Belcher (W), Signs of Life, Lawrence, KS