Keeping Time is about an archaeologist who travels back in time and has an affair with his wife -- or is it about a musician having an affair with her husband?
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Critical Responses to Keeping Time
"A mind-bending time-travel love story"
-- David Nicholls, author of One Day
"Twisty and inventive"
". . . a liquid-prosed, dual-narrated time-travel romance . . . . The question that haunts Keeping Time is less intellectual than personal, rooted in the specific characters of Aaron and Violet and the troubled, passionate dynamic between them, because what kind of circle is this marriage, exactly, one floating serenely in stable orbit, one spiraling outwards into space -- one circling the drain? Keeping Time succeeds as a novel by involving you in the contortionist pretzel that is a marriage in conflict. . . . you’re won over by the voice of the book, lyrical and elegiac; one finds oneself turning the pages." -- Hindsight Magazine
"A rich and compelling novel with a time-travelling dual narrative"
-- The List
"Keeping Time is a rich novel that explores the nature of a marriage and asks whether love is a monolith, a miracle of biology, or an artificial construct. Alternating between the late 1980s and the early 2000s, the story focuses on a crumbling marriage. After a promising, romantic start, Violet and Aaron's connection has eroded. Two children, several career failures, and health issues sink them into the mire of disappointment. Then an ancient mystery makes Aaron hope that he can travel through time to correct the conflicts that threaten to split his family apart. . . . Keeping Time is a modern story with a fantastic deus ex machina at its core: if you could change the past, would you?"
-- Foreword Reviews
"An intelligent and compelling novel. The story's concerns with the lure of the past and the tensions between past and present are beautifully echoed in Aaron and Violet's respective obsessions as archaeologist and musician, as well as in the dynamic between them as a couple. This complex exploration of time and the connections between worlds resonates beyond its reading."
-- Alison Moore, author of The Lighthouse
See this Twitter thread about the research and writing of Keeping Time
Keeping Time is featured in Creative Archaeology - Finding the Present in the Past