Giveaway: TIME AND AGAIN by Jack Finney

When I was in college, I took a class in American Urban History. I was assigned a book called Time and Again by Jack Finney, which took me completely by surprise. It’s about Si Morley, an unassuming advertising artist in New York City 1970s who is recruited by the federal government to join a top secret program that is experimenting with time travel. He ends up traveling back to 1882, where he falls in love with a woman he meets there. He is capable of moving back and forth between past and present, and ultimately must decide whether he wants to stay in the past or return to his present life.

I absolutely loved Time and Again. Not only is it a suspenseful, gripping story, but it is full of fascinating, painstaking detail about life in New York in the 1880s. I will always remember the snowy night when Si Morley went to sleep in a dark apartment overlooking Central Park, and woke up almost a century earlier in that same apartment. I loved Time and Again so much that I listened to it on audio about 20 years later, narrated by the sublime Campbell Scott.  I think it ignited my love for time travel fiction, such as The Time Traveler’s Wife and When You Reach Me.

This month, Touchstone re-released Time and Again in a paperback version with a new cover and a foreword by Audrey Niffeneger (author of The Time Traveler’s Wife). I was offered a review copy of the new version, but even though the cover of my old college copy has fallen off, I want to keep the one I fell in love with. The publisher generously agreed to let me do a giveaway of the new Time and Again here on the blog instead. So, if you’d like to read an AMAZING book about time travel and American history and New York City, please leave me a comment below and I will pick a winner next Wednesday, May 7.

Seriously, enter.

Good luck!


  • Michelle
    April 29, 2014 - 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Urban History was my favorite class in college! I loved it so much that I looked into the UCLA Graduate School of Urban Design :).

  • Mona benach
    April 29, 2014 - 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Sounds fascinating. Would love to read it.

  • Kathleen
    April 29, 2014 - 10:53 pm | Permalink

    This is the book that truly changed my reading life! It was the first book an adult gavel to read, besides teachers and my mother. I felt very grown up. I was enchanted. I’ve loved time travel stories ever since. Plus, who doesn’t love a book starring the greatest city in the world, NYC! I can’t go to NYC without taking a walk or drive by the Dakota building!

  • Steve B.
    April 29, 2014 - 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Sounds great – I’d love to read it.

  • April 30, 2014 - 12:05 am | Permalink

    Sounds awesome! I hope I win!

  • April 30, 2014 - 4:51 am | Permalink

    I would luv to win Time And Again. I luv time travel novels. I also would like a good novel with New York as a setting. I like history too. I also like a good romance. Thank you for entering me in the giveaway.

  • Sstang
    April 30, 2014 - 7:08 am | Permalink

    A timeless gem- would love to have for my bookshelf

  • Kathy
    April 30, 2014 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    Sounds like something I would love to read. Count me in! Thank you.

  • Lindsay
    April 30, 2014 - 8:46 am | Permalink

    This book sounds wonderful. I would love to read it! Thanks, Gail!

  • Suzie
    April 30, 2014 - 9:18 am | Permalink

    How have I missed this book?? Even if I don’t win, I will be purchasing a copy- it sounds wonderful! Have you read Forever by Pete Hamill? Not time travel but very good all the same!

  • anne
    April 30, 2014 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    Sounds fascinating. Thanks for this giveaway.

  • dawn hall
    April 30, 2014 - 11:15 am | Permalink

    I have had this book on my to read list for a long time! Would love to win a copy so I can finally read it!

  • Pat B
    April 30, 2014 - 11:52 am | Permalink

    It sounds like a fascinating read, so would love to have a copy of it!
    If I don’t “win,” I think I will get the audio as it is narrated by (in your words) “the sublime
    Campbell Scott.”

  • ellie
    April 30, 2014 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful book which interests me very much. Thanks for this beautiful giveaway.

  • Len
    April 30, 2014 - 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Count me in please! This sounds like a wonderful read.

  • Diane
    April 30, 2014 - 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Your feature has captivated my interest. Thanks

  • Susan
    April 30, 2014 - 10:16 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE time travel books and would love to read this one!

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  • Mark
    May 28, 2014 - 4:09 pm | Permalink

    How did I miss reading this in my younger years. Hope to make up for list time.

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