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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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It helps to have some knowledge of 90s rock, indie or otherwise, but even people who aren't too familiar with that scene will be able to enjoy the book. Time travel is a useful trope for this book to explore bigger issues about the power of nostalgia, regret, love, and hope/fear of the future.
If you like time-travel books/movies, and all the craziness they entail, then this book will appeal to you. But hardcore sci-fi nerds be warned: the time-travel in this book is done with a light, non-technical touch, with a huge doses of humor and fantasy. If you're hoping for scientific realism, you might want to look elsewhere. That being said, I really liked how the time travel and ensuing paradoxes and complications were handled.
The characters are well-developed and relatable. Even though I might not have much in common with a character like Karl, a tattooed, wash-up indie rock star, there's a lot that I, and many other readers, can identify with in terms of how we look at the past, adventures in our youth, the emptiness of the present/middle age, and the search for love. Lena is funny, smart, and tough, while still being vulnerable. [As an aside, it is a bit unfortunate that the publisher's book blurb pigeonholes her as "overweight" when highlighting her defining characteristics. While true of the character, isn't really a dominant trait. The book also approaches the issue of her weight in a body positive way; the author and the character Karl appreciate her for who she is and Karl loves her (and her body) as is, not in spite of her weight.]
I really liked the book. If you have any interest in the topics or themes in the book, I'd recommend it and think you won't be disappointed!
I found the addition of Lena less interesting but the book lost its way for me when Karl and Lena started using time travel to interact with and change the past. That took this book from the music loving time travel caper it was at the beginning to something more serious and dreary. And without spoiling anything in the book, the author lost me with the time travels into the future. The book went from delightfully wacky to dreary and weird and it didn't work for me.
Anyway, my point is, nothing in this book is ever explained. It just happens and they move on. It's no more a time travel book than it is a romance, in that both the time travel and the romance are just there because the author says so.