Every Anxious Wave (Hardcover)

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What would you do if a wormhole appeared in your bedroom closet that allowed you to travel anywhere in time? When it happens to former Nineties indie rockstar Karl Bender, he sets up a small business sending trusted friends and associates back in time to see the greatest (and sometimes not so great) concerts of all time. Keep the client base small. Follow some basic rules to preserve the past. What could go wrong? Mo Daviau’s terrific debut is a fun, twisty novel that moves effortlessly through time and space, but never loses its warm heart and soul along the way.

— Ryan, Chicago ORD


Good guy Karl Bender is a thirty-something bar owner whose life lacks love and meaning. When he stumbles upon a time-travelling worm hole in his closet, Karl and his best friend Wayne develop a side business selling access to people who want to travel back in time to listen to their favorite bands. It's a pretty ingenious plan, until Karl, intending to send Wayne to 1980, transports him back to 980 instead. Though Wayne sends texts extolling the quality of life in tenth century "Mannahatta," Karl is distraught that he can't bring his friend back.

Enter brilliant, prickly, overweight astrophysicist, Lena Geduldig. Karl and Lena's 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, Karl and Lena bounce around time. When Lena ultimately prevents her own long-ago rape, she alters the course of her life and threatens her future with Karl.

A high-spirited and engaging novel, Mo Daviau's EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE plays ball with the big questions of where we would go and who we would become if we could rewrite our pasts, as well as how to hold on to love across time.

About the Author

MO DAVIAU was born in Fresno, California and proclaimed her life goal of publishing a novel at the age of eight. Mo is also a solo performer, having performed at storytelling shows such as Bedpost Confessions and The Soundtrack Series. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan where Every Anxious Wave won a Hopwood Award. Mo lives in Portland, Oregon. Every Anxious Wave is her first novel.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250067494
ISBN-10: 1250067499
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English