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The compelling story of a couple living in the wake of a personal tragedy. She is a star employee of an online dating company, while he is a physicist, performing experiments that, if ever successful, may have unintended consequences, altering the nature of their lives—and perhaps of reality itself.

Rebecca Wright has gotten her life back, finding her way out of grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago. She spends her days working in customer support for the Internet dating site where she first met her husband. However, she has a persistent, strange sense that everything around her is somewhat off-kilter: she constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there; on TV, the President seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place; and each night she has disquieting dreams that may or may not be related to her husband Philip’s pet project. Philip’s decade-long dedication to the causality violation device (which he would greatly prefer you do not call a “time machine”) has effectively stalled his career and made him a laughingstock in the physics community. But he may be closer to success than either of them knows or imagines …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gripping page-turner, an insightful and wise look into the lives of scientists, a moving time-distortion story, and a clever satire about our current information age. I enjoyed the heck out of it.”

    Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With time travel as a fascinating backdrop, Palmer delicately examines the layers of stories we create when trying to differentiate ‘the information from the truth.’”

    Washington Post

  • “A knowing, frequently funny and often very sad novel that explores love, marriage, and loss in the age of social media and perpetual online metrics.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A vertigo-inducing peek behind the veil of existence…It’s exhilarating. It’s exhausting. And the ending is a virtuoso performance that yanks the brain as it disorients the heart.”


  • “A novel brimming with ideas, ambition, imagination, and possibility yet one in which the characters remain richly engaging for the reader.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator January LaVoy transitions smoothly between character voices in this audiobook about the development of a ‘causality violation’ device…LaVoy’s character portrayals feature nuances in their attitudes and interactions that shift with the flow of events. She maintains the story’s narrative drive and sustains her tone of engagement throughout the exposition. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A February 2016 Gizmodo Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Washington Post Best Book for Science Fiction and Fantasy for February
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week for February 22, 2016
  • A BookRiot Pick of 5 Books to Watch For in February
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for March 2016
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