By Danielle Deaver
It’s almost time to celebrate a new year. Among the streamers, squawkers and funny hats, the change of year often makes us think about time. What is time? If we could go back in time, what would we do? Does time move the same for everyone? Are there real-life time travelers? These books, available at the Montgomery County Public Libraries, are stories about people for whom time started to work in very strange ways.
Oona Out of Order
by Margarita Montimore
On Jan. 1, 1983, Oona will turn 19. Her future stretches gloriously ahead of her, with opportunities in London and Brookly, and a boyfriend who may or may not be the one. But when the countdown to midnight begins on New Year’s Eve, Oona faints and wakes up 32 years later as a 51-year-old woman with a house and loving husband. From then on, she lives the rest of her life out of order, waking up on New Year’s Day every year at a random age. Pop culture, friends, loved ones and stock tips help and hurt her as the years pass. During her long, strange life, she learns the importance of family, love and destiny.
Other timely reads
By Natasha Pulley
Joe Tournier steps off a train in the French-controlled colony of England with no idea of who he is, carrying a postcard written in English and signed “M.” If he finds M, can he also find himself?
This is How you Lose the Time War
By Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
“Burn before reading,” says the letter from one agent to another in a shattered world. The agents will fight each other through time and space, trying to find something worth saving.
Now, Then and Every When
By Rhysa Walker
Two time agents realize that one of them has altered the time line and caused millions of people to be erased, and history to be changed dramatically.
Danielle Deaver is adult services librarian at Davis Library.