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Here and Now and Then : A Novel.
2019
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To save his daughter, he'll go anywhere--and any-when...<br> <br> Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career...as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.<br> <br> Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler's brain. Until one afternoon, his "rescue" team arrives--eighteen years too late.<br> <br> Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he's only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can't remember.<br> <br> Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter's very existence is at risk. It'll take one final trip across time to save Miranda--even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.<br> <br> A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father's heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.
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Chen's debut is a stirring novel that dedicates detail and precision to the vagaries and paradoxes of time travel, without sacrificing its vital emotional core. Kin is a secret agent from 2147, but once stranded in the 1990s, he eventually settles down with a wife and daughter, learns to cook, and tries to ignore his increasing headaches and memory loss. When his old best friend arrives to rescue him 18 years later, he has to learn how to return to a different life and a fiancée who thinks he has only been gone two weeks, all while trying to save his 1990s daughter, who the agency has decided is an unforgivable anomaly. This novel is primarily about what a father will do to protect his daughter about the ways that Kin learns to physically recover while also using his coding skills and sheer will to rebel against the rules of time travel. Chen carefully balances heart, humor, and precise world building to bring alive an emotional and genre-bending story that will please fans of Doctor Who.--Leah von Essen Copyright 2018 Booklist
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