The Psychology of Time Travel

The Psychology of Time Travel : A Novel

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Astonishing.--The New York Times
A fascinating meditation on the many ways traveling through time can change a person. --HelloGiggles
This genre-bending, time-bending debut will appeal to fans of Doctor Who, dystopian fiction, and life's great joy: friend groups.--Refinery29

Perfect for fans of Naomi Alderman's The Power and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures comes The Psychology of Time Travel, a mind-bending, time-travel debut.

In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world's first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project--and future of time travel--in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team--erasing her contributions from history.

Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?

Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women's fiction alike.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 226 x 35mm | 408g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1683319443
  • 9781683319443

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Praise for The Psychology of Time Travel

An equally astonishing debut, simultaneously a science fiction novel, historical drama, locked-room murder mystery and magnificent meditation on how human beings experience and adapt to mortality.
--The New York Times

"A genre-breaking book combining time travel, science fiction, a 'locked room' mystery, with touches of romance...[and] female characters who are competent [and] capable."
--Midwest Book Review

"Mascarenhas is fully aware of the rich history of the genre, and to this end, she provides the reader with a puzzle box plot, a whodun-nit told out of chronological order...The Psychology of Time Travel is a surprising novel not because of its temporal shenanigans--as entertaining as they are--but because it goes beyond those familiar hijinks and explores the human cost of a non-linear existence."
--Locus Magazine

A fascinating meditation on the many ways traveling through time can change a person.

This genre-bending, time-bending debut will appeal to fans of Doctor Who, dystopian fiction, and life's great joy: friend groups...A tightly plotted novel about the potential hazards of time travel on a person's sense of self, not to mention world events.

A fun and twisty read.

[A] superb debut novel...The Psychology of Time Travel heralds the arrival of a master storyteller.

Intricately plotted...The story unfolds in a captivating way, and fascinating suggestions are made about the effects of time travel.
--Publisher's Weekly

With plenty of twists and turns, The Psychology of Time Travel is a provocative thought experiment.
--Foreword Reviews

A dazzling genre-defying debut...witty, inventive and unflashily wise about human hearts; Mascarenhas's future promises to be an exciting one.
--The Guardian

Mascarenhas' writing is clear and strong, making this a good choice for readers who want to be immersed in a story.

The narrative moves back and forth through time with its almost all-female cast meeting their future and past selves in an intriguing, multi-layered mystery that is ingeniously plotted.
--The Daily Mail

[A] compelling, confident debut...wrapping the psychological exploration around a diverse, real set of characters and a thrilling murder mystery.
--SFX Magazine, 4 1/2 stars

A surprising, mysterious, and sometimes unsettling novel, threaded with off-kilter ideas and wonderful insights."
--Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays

"An elegant braid of a narrative, delivering queer joy and time-traveling women...Fans of Jo Walton will feel very much at home in this gorgeous, nested tale."
--Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

The Psychology of Time Travel is the most imaginative thriller I've read in ages: captivating, delightful, and thoroughly original. Ms. Mascarenhas' genius is in patiently exploring the small, fascinating details of a world in which time travel is all-around wonderful novel.
--Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters

Kate Mascarenhas deftly weaves an innovative tale with The Psychology of Time Travel--part mystery; part time travel. Entirely entertaining!
--Julie McElwain, author of A Murder In Time ​
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About Kate Mascarenhas

Kate Mascarenhas is a half-Irish, half-Seychellois midlander. Since 2017, Kate has been a chartered psychologist. Before that she worked as a copywriter, a dollhouse maker, and a bookbinder. She lives with her husband in a small terraced house which she is slowly filling with Sindy dolls. This is her first novel.
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4 41% (4,640)
3 29% (3,290)
2 7% (824)
1 2% (214)
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