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The Lost Time Accidents (Hardcover)

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The Lost Time Accidents is Waldy's letter to a woman he has become obsessed with written while he is stuck in an apartment and apparently stuck in time. The letter is his family's history with the Lost Time Accidents, their history with one another, and the experimentation by Waldy's great uncle and namesake, The Black Timekeeper, with Holocaust victims in an attempt to manipulate and control time. Along the way we meet his two reclusive aunts, his father - a science fiction writer who unwillingly becomes inspiration for a new religion based on the Lost Time Accidents, and Mrs. Haven, wife of the founder of this religion, and the intended recipient of this letter. This is not about time travel. It's about the hold families have on one another. And it's a great read!

— randy


In his ambitious and fiercely inventive new novel, The Lost Time Accidents, John Wray takes us from turn-of-the-century Viennese salons buzzing with rumors about Einstein's radical new theory to the death camps of World War Two, from the golden age of postwar pulp science fiction to a startling discovery in a Manhattan apartment packed to the ceiling with artifacts of modern life.

Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar 'Waldy' Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back-a journey that forces him to reckon not only with the betrayal at the heart of his doomed romance but also the legacy of his great-grandfather's fatal pursuit of the hidden nature of time itself.

Part madcap adventure, part harrowing family drama, part scientific mystery--and never less than wildly entertaining--The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.

About the Author

John Wray is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Lowboy, The Right Hand of Sleep, and Canaan's Tongue. He was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists in 2007. The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374281137
ISBN-10: 0374281130
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Pages: 512
Language: English