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I still haven’t finished reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It’s been two – three weeks now since I started reading it and it’s been slow-going because I’m so tired these days from work and taking care of my 16 month old daughter who is becoming more and more precocious by the day. I read only about 10 pages a day, sometimes less, at night in bed and usually konk out with the book in my hands. It is a wonderful book, don’t get me wrong. I’m loving the plot. It’s very fresh and original. Much like when I first read Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones” and was blown away by the originality of that one where the story is told by the soul of a dead girl in heaven, narrating the events leading to and after her death.

I shan’t go too much into it now lest this becomes a mini review of an unfinished book.

Reading The Time Traveler’s Wife made me curious about who Audrey Niffenegger is so I wikied her and discovered the following:-niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan) is an American writer and artist. She is also a professor in the Interdisciplinary Book Arts MFA Program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. She is the founding member of T3 or Text 3, an artist and writer’s group that also performs and exhibits in Chicago.

Niffenegger’s debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003), was a national bestseller. The Time Traveler’s Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpredictably time-travel and his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent and unpredictable absences. The film version, starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, is due for release in 2010.

She has also written a graphic novel, or “novel in pictures” as Niffenegger calls it, called The Three Incestuous Sisters. This book tells the story of three unusual sisters who live in a seaside house. Because of the artwork and mood, the book has been compared to the work of Edward Gorey.

Another graphic novel, The Adventuress, was released in September 1, 2006. The 2004 short story ‘The Night Bookmobile’ is currently being serialised in ‘Visual Novel’ format in The Guardian newspaper in the UK and can be viewed here.

In March 2009, Niffenegger sold her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, for an advance of $5 million to Charles Scribner’s Sons, a unit of Simon & Schuster, after a fiercely contested auction. The book is reportedly slated for publication in the fall of 2009.

Niffenegger is also a Faculty member at the North Shore Art League where she teaches the Intermediate & Advanced Printmaking Seminar.

I found out also that there is a short story by her called The Night Librarian that was adapted into a graphic novel format and serialised in The Guardian from 31 May 2008 until 27 December 2008 and titled The Night Bookmobile. I am now hooked on it and thought I’d share a the first 4 pages of the story here:

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Interesting, isn’t it? You can visit the Guardian website and click on the magnifying glass to enlarge the pictures for easier reading. This one has really opened my eyes to the concept of graphic novels, something I used to dismiss as mere comics or lightweight, forgettable reading. But then again, I can still vividly recall Maus from my childhood. Hmm…

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