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Every Anxious Wave: A Novel Hardcover – February 9, 2016
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“Every Anxious Wave gives us the intelligent irreverence of Nick Hornby, the honest romance of Gary Shteyngart, and the swoon-worthy charm of a John Cusack movie, all within a riveting story of lost love, bent time, and rock stars. A delightful, innovative debut.” --Rebecca Dinerstein, author of The Sunlit Night
"A bittersweet, century-hopping odyssey of love, laced with weird science, music geekery, and heart-wrenching laughs...the deeper it goes into Karl's and Lena's erratic trajectories ― past, present, and future ― the more it rings with a uniqueness that transcends the tropes of time travel and indie romance...a wise, witty, whipcrack sci-fi romp about how our passions can both lift us up and hold us back." --NPR
"...a total punk rock time travel novel ... Like Vonnegut’s best work, the book is whimsical and has a beating heart ... This is, at root, a novel about how we find things we weren't looking for, and that our best efforts to fix things often mess them up even more, but that it somehow turns out okay anyway." --Mashable
"An absolute kick in the pants to read--if you love rock, bodies, and time travel, this is your ride."
--Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children
"In this stunning debut, Daviau lays bare all the ways in which dreams and regret are both fueled by love. As much fun as a Melvin’s concert, Every Anxious Wave is a romp." --Monica Drake, author of Clown Girl
“A punk-rock time-travel love story for the ages . . . Daviau is ferocious with her sad and flawed characters, whose pain propels the story through several iterations. Because the tale keeps changing with every visit to the future, the book doesn't end the way even its characters expect it to but is satisfying nonetheless. A dark and funny love story that, like its main characters, is much sweeter than it appears on the surface.” --Kirkus
“What begins as comic turns much darker…in this melancholy, yet improbably hopeful novel.” --Booklist
“Hopwood Award-winning author Daviau writes with humor and compassion, creating absorbing, sympathetic characters and enveloping serious questions about love and life-changing events in a balloon of mind-bending time travels. Readers of all types of fiction will enjoy.” --Library Journal
"Think Back to the Future as imagined by, well, a former college radio DJ ... Every Anxious Wave is for all those no-longer-kids who got good grades just like [Daviau], who throw on Beat Happening and think a little too much about how great the 1990s were." --Mystatesman.com
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.
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Once in a lucky while, I find a book that delights the same queer, convoluted heart-valves that love the cuttlefish, a book so strange and lovely it defies any comment beyond, “Hello, you odd marvel!” Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau is that book.
A worn out bartender, named Karl Bender, discovers a wormhole to the past in his closet. Concerned about altering history, he uses it for only one purpose: sending people back to the concerts of their youth. The whole first act is a 1990s nostalgia trip. It warmed the cold, hard stone that is my Gen-X heart. Hüsker Dü: who’s seen that name in print this decade! Then Karl Bender accidentally strands his best friend in 980, employs a plump girl physicist to rescue him, falls in love, loses her, and finds her again [spoiler] right before the asteroid hits. (Don’t worry. They survive.)
There’s some jerk out there who is going to say the book is “unrealistic.” To that person I say, “Nobody really wants you at parties. They just invite you because they think you’re someone else’s friend.”
Every Anxious Wave is a treatise on nostalgia, regret, on the way the past shapes us, on body image, on friendship, and on love. The prose is poetry for our age: brief, simple, beautifully accurate, interspersed with texts, letters, and emails (but not in an annoying way). I found a lot of sentences that had me thinking, next time I write a book, I’m going to write like that. But the prose is hard to copy because the beauty of each sentence has a kind of you-had-to-be-there quality.
“Teenage time benders knew the ends of all the stories.”
See? You had to be there. Trust me. This sentence nailed it! As did the book.
It's fun, it's fast paced and if you know even half of the artists, songs and locations in the book, your heart will break while still filled with joy.