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"This is a totally fun, page-turning romp through indie rock and the implications of time travel. Perfect for fans of Chuck Klosterman, High Fidelity, and anyone who has a nostalgic heart for musicians like Elliot Smith. In a world where wormholes appear in closets and time travel is as easy as texting, the endearing characters in Daviau's story present very real points to ponder: if you could go back and change your whole life, where would start, and would you do it? I enjoyed every minute of this book. Highly recommended for music lovers, romantics and anyone who enjoys a good, engaging read."— Julie W.
"Every Anxious Wave is equal parts fun thrill ride and emotional character study. When Karl Bender discovers a wormhole in his bar, he uses it to transport himself and others to legendary concerts of the past. But when his best friend ends up stuck in a different century, his life is forever altered when he recruits physicist Lena Geduldig to help him. Daviau understands how much music affects our memory, and how our past in turn affects our ability to connect with people. The novel is a strong, empathetic exploration of love and friendship, with a dose of time travel to really make the reader reflect."— Consuelo
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The characters were complex and flawed, and the time travel element was used to great effect to show how a single event, or a series of events, can shape the identity of a person. The themes of love and loneliness really hit me. It's a great debut novel and I'll be recommending it to a lot of people!— Sarah H.
Why would we need music if our lives were exactly as we wanted them to be?
Karl Bender is a quiet guy who lives in three places: his bar, his apartment, and the cheap Mediterranean place on the corner that keeps him well-fed with his daily portion of hummus and chicken shwarma. But that's all about to change. When he stumbles upon a time-traveling wormhole, Karl develops a business selling access to people who want to go back in time to hear their favorite bands. It's a pretty ingenious plan, and Karl's indie rock ethics ensure that he keeps things small and special. Until, that is, he mistakenly transports best friend Wayne to 980 Mannahatta instead of 1980 Manhattan.
Karl is distraught. He needs an ally. And he finds one in brilliant, prickly, overweight astrophysicist, Lena Geduldig. The connection is immediate. While they work on getting Wayne back, Karl and Lena fall in love-with time travel, and each other. Unable to resist meddling with the past, they bounce around time. That's when they alter the course of their lives. That's when they threaten their future together.
A wild romp of a love story across time, Every Anxious Wave plays ball with the big questions: Who would we become if we could rewrite our pasts? How do we hold on to love across time?