Hazards of Time Travel: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Something about Hazards of Time Travel works its way into the ruminating place in your mind, where it rolls around for weeks after you close the cover.  In a world where punishment is severe, the populace tows the line.  Small mistakes have grave consequences, and while the government isn't going to send you to the Hunger Games, it will send you to another place and time to serve out your sentence.  But are the other people in this new place and time also being punished?  Or are they working for the government and reporting?  If you are never to speak of the time "before," how do you know who you are in the "now?"  How do you trust?  How do you love?  How do you escape...or can you?  As much as I love Joyce Carol Oates in general, I do not love every one of her books.  Sometimes they leave me feeling hopeless and overwhelmed.  She's particularly good at expressing loss.  Fortunately, the power of Oates's talent is at its height, without leaving me feeling blue and overwrought.  This is a tiny but mighty piece of writing.  Best for deep contemplation in front of a fire.

— From Jessilynn


An ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman’s resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society, from the inventive imagination of Joyce Carol Oates

“Time travel” — and its hazards—are made literal in this astonishing new novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America — “Wainscotia, Wisconsin”—that existed eighty years before.  Cast adrift in time in this idyllic Midwestern town she is set upon a course of “rehabilitation”—but cannot resist falling in love with a fellow exile and questioning the constrains of the Wainscotia world with results that are both devastating and liberating.  

Arresting and visionary, Hazards of Time Travel  is both a novel of harrowing discovery and an exquisitely wrought love story that may be Joyce Carol Oates’s most unexpected novel so far.

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is A Book of American Martyrs. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Praise For…

“Joyce Carol Oates reinvents the genre to create a brilliant story of love and exile.”
— James Gleick

“Oates’s writing has always seemed effortless: urgent, unafraid, torrential. She writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn’t look back.”
New York Times Book Review

“A master of sharp dialogue and vibrant descriptions, Oates casts a powerful spell.”

“The most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious, and creative writer going, as far as I’m concerned.”
— Gillian Flynn

“Oates is still casting some awfully dark magic.”
— The Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062319593
ISBN-10: 0062319590
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: November 27th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English
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