After a family tragedy, Greta tries shock therapy upon the advice of her doctor only to find herself being thrust into the past during two other periods of time that are just as stressful. Soon she is so enamoured of the two other lives she finds herself to be a willing time traveller. The choices she must make are going to be harder than she realizes and she must find strength in her shattered mind to make the best one for her.
Following her twin brother Felix's death and her split with Nathan, her partner of ten years, Greta's physician suggests electroconvulsive therapy to combat her feelings of depression and loneliness. What Greta doesn't expect, however, is that each of the sessions somehow transports her into other versions of herself in one of several alternate time periods, including Greta of 1918 and Greta of 1941. In each of these separate realities, her close family and friends remain consistent, but their lives have played out differently, and Greta gets the feeling that her counterparts are trading places with her and living her 1985 life just as she is spending time in theirs. What happens when the twenty-five procedures have concluded?
I really relish stories about time travel, although I suppose Greta's experience is something more like dimension travel. I wondered constantly about the other Gretas and what they were thinking and feeling. I was sort of expecting them leave notes for one another or otherwise attempt to communicate in some way, if only to share the feeling of "WOW! Isn't this crazy what is happening to us?" I enjoyed the book, though it fell a little short of "unputdownable."
This one started off a little light, like a fantasy, time-travel, romance, wish-fulfillment story. But Andrew Sean Green does a nice job fleshing out his characters and drawing the reader in. When Greta Wells loses her beloved twin brother to AIDS, and her husband Nathan to another woman, she suffers some severe depression. A little electroshock therapy will do the trick, but what it ends up doing, is transporting her to the year 1918, where another Great Wells is dealing with her own accident and related electro-shock therapy. Another excursion to the early 1940s completes the loop and the three Gretas find themselves spending time in each others' lives.
This lovely fantasy is a fun read with some delightful characters. A little "tv-movie-of-the-week" but all-in-all a good read.
I really enjoyed reading this, great story about time travel, love and romance.
I really don't know what to say other than I'm totally loving this book!
“The premise of this novel isn’t that a woman travels through time: it’s that ‘the impossible happens once to each of us’…What this wonderful novel teaches us is how magic works.” — John Irving This is a quote from my favorite author about this book... I really couldn't compete with anything like that.
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