Time-Slip Novels: Background information when reading The Heavens

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The Heavens

by Sandra Newman

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The Heavens by Sandra Newman
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    Feb 2019, 272 pages

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Time-Slip Novels

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Spiral ClockThe Heavens is not an easy novel to categorize, but on at least one level, it participates in a category of fantasy literature called a "time-slip" novel, in which a character travels between two or more separate timelines. The mechanism for the shift in time varies, but can be reading letters, doing research, traveling through a doorway or portal – or falling asleep and dreaming. Here are a few other notable time-slip novels:

The Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
In this novel, an archaeological dig in modern-day France offers a connection to a secret buried nearly a millennium before.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
This popular historical romance (also an equally popular television series) finds a 20th century woman transported two decades into the past - and into the arms of a Scottish warrior.

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
Originally written for young adults (but able to be enjoyed by anyone), this novel's central character is a young woman with the ability to see freely both forward and backwards in time.

11/22/63 by Stephen King
Much as in Newman's novel, this novel by Stephen King imagines a protagonist sent back in time for a specific purpose – in this case, to avert the Kennedy assassination.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Niffenegger's debut novel is about a librarian who travels involuntarily through time and his love affair with an artist who remains stuck in the present.

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This "beyond the book article" relates to The Heavens. It originally ran in March 2019 and has been updated for the November 2019 paperback edition. Go to magazine.

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