The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

eBook - 2013
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After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well--though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband...but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2013
ISBN: 9780062213846
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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KarenW
Jan 06, 2017

After a family tragedy, Greta tries shock therapy upon the advice of her doctor only to find herself being thrust into the past during two other periods of time that are just as stressful. Soon she is so enamoured of the two other lives she finds herself to be a willing time traveller. The choices she must make are going to be harder than she realizes and she must find strength in her shattered mind to make the best one for her.

Michael Colford Jan 22, 2014

This one started off a little light, like a fantasy, time-travel, romance, wish-fulfillment story. But Andrew Sean Green does a nice job fleshing out his characters and drawing the reader in. When Greta Wells loses her beloved twin brother to AIDS, and her husband Nathan to another woman, she suffers some severe depression. A little electroshock therapy will do the trick, but what it ends up doing, is transporting her to the year 1918, where another Great Wells is dealing with her own accident and related electro-shock therapy. Another excursion to the early 1940s completes the loop and the three Gretas find themselves spending time in each others' lives.

This lovely fantasy is a fun read with some delightful characters. A little "tv-movie-of-the-week" but all-in-all a good read.

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HannaBanana41
Dec 29, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this, great story about time travel, love and romance.

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 15, 2013

I really don't know what to say other than I'm totally loving this book!

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jtkretzschmar
Sep 13, 2013

“The premise of this novel isn’t that a woman travels through time: it’s that ‘the impossible happens once to each of us’…What this wonderful novel teaches us is how magic works.” — John Irving This is a quote from my favorite author about this book... I really couldn't compete with anything like that.

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