John Wray – The Lost Time Accidents
John Wray follows his acclaimed 2009 novel Lowboy with The Lost Time Accidents (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a rollicking comic novel which follows four generations of an eccentric and physics-obsessed family from early twentieth century Europe to present-day NYC, with many historical and geographical points in between. Narrator Waldemar “Waldy” Tolliver guides us through this tale from inside the Spanish Harlem apartment formerly occupied by his elderly shut-in aunts, where he believes he has become trapped “outside” of time.
Waldy’s epic and self-justifying opus takes the form of a written appeal to a mysterious “Mrs. Haven.” Amidst the detritus of decades of hoarding and haunted by the crimes of his forebears, Waldy believes that penning the Toula/Tolliver family saga—and their theory of time-travel—is his best means of escape. It is up to the reader to determine what is real and what is imagined in Waldy’s immensely entertaining account. We caught up with John Wray to discuss The Lost Time Accidents for this week’s Late Night Interview.
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