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Time Travellers Wife

NPR 722

A funny, often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn't stop slipping in and out of time? Highly original and imaginative, this debut novel raises questions about life, love, and the effects of time on relationships.

Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals—steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

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JUMLA: A Nurse's Story

NPR 295
NPR 300

Radha Paudel trained as a nurse. She left a government job in her home town in Chitwan and went to Jumla to work for the Safe Motherhood Programme at a time when the Maoist conflict was at its most intense. She was in Khalanga, the Jumla district headquarters when the Maoists launched a massive attack in November 2002. Radha fell in love with Jumla and the entire Karnali region and founded Action Works Nepal, a non-government organisation committed to improving the lives of the people there, among the poorest in Nepal. In 2012, the University of San Diego acknowledged her as a Woman Peacemaker and in the same year, the United Nations Development Programme honoured her with the N-Peace Award for her contribution to peace-building. In 2014, she received the Youth Talent Award from the Government of Nepal in recognition of her role as a humanitarian and social activist. She won the prestigious literary award Madan Puraskar for Khalangama Hamala, the original Nepali version of this book in 2014

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