Between the Lines Book Club: More Books About Being Unstuck in Time

Our book club meets tomorrow (February 27, 2021) at 10:30AM over Zoom to discuss Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore. If you still need a zoom link, email me at sessarego1@gmail.com.

If you liked the concept of Oona Out of Order, you might enjoy these books as well. These books are generally classified as “Speculative fiction,” and they explore lives that are lived in a non-linear fashion.

Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy

A classic from 1976, this is about a woman in a mental institution who escapes her situation by travelling in time. Her travels explore utopian ideals and concepts around feminism, gender, mental illness, environmentalism, and more.

How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe, by Charles Yu

A funny, sad, mind-bending book from 2011

From Amazon: Every day in Minor Universe 31 people get into time machines and try to change the past. That’s where Charles Yu, time travel technician, steps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When he’s not taking client calls, Yu visits his mother and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. The key to locating his father may be found in a book. It’s called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and somewhere inside it is information that will help him. It may even save his life.

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

This classic from 1969 tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, who is “unstuck in time.” The book explores his life in a non-linear manner as he survives the Battle of the Bulge, the firebombing of Dresden, and develops a new philosophy.

This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Motar and Max Gladstone

A touching love story between two time-travelers who work for opposing side that try to make small changes in Earth history to achieve victory. As these two enemies communicate with each other through history they develop a bond that throws the time war into question.

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