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Version Control (Paperback)

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This novel is so many things - a story about the paths not taken, about regret, about possibility, about memory, about destiny vs free will, and about the lengths we will go for those we love. It's also about the pitfalls of modern life and the many absurdities of internet dating. Palmer's prose has an effortless feel to them, even as he's discussing heavy topics such as the tenets of the Torah and the philosophy of free will. This book was not what I thought it was going to be, and I felt that way even after I was 100 pages in. It continued to surprise me throughout! It's also the very definition of a slow burn, though the last quarter flies by after the meticulous set up that comes before. The book is also cleverly titled - version control is a reference to how computer code is managed when being altered by multiple people, but in this instance also refes to the management of multiple timelines the character may, or may not, be altering via their use of the causality violation device (i.e. time machine). Very, very smart writing.

— Sarah H.


Although Rebecca Wright has pieced her life back together after a major tragedy, she can't shake a sense that the world around her feels off-kilter. Meanwhile, her husband's dedication to his invention, "the causality violation device" (which he would greatly prefer you not call a time machine) has effectively stalled his career--but he may be closer to success than either of them can possibly imagine. Emotionally powerful and wickedly intelligent, Version Control is a stunningly prescient novel about the effects of science and technology on our lives, our friendships, and our sense of self that will alter the way you see the future--and the present.

About the Author

Dexter Palmer's first novel, The Dream of Perpetual Motion, was selected as one of the best fiction debuts of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews. Palmer lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780307950352
ISBN-10: 0307950352
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Pages: 512
Language: English