Episode 16: Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau
When Every Anxious Wave begins, Karl Bender is a lonely, washed-up former indie rock star who has just discovered a wormhole in his apartment that enables him to time-travel. He and his friend Wayne decide to start a business letting people travel back in time. There are strict rules: you can only travel back to concerts, nowhere else; you can't talk to anyone; under no circumstances can you meddle with things as they were in hopes of changing things as they come to be. But when Wayne decides to break these rules, traveling back to 1980 in hopes of preventing the assassination of John Lennon, he accidentally gets stuck in the year 980, and Karl has to find a way to bring him back. That's when astrophysicist Lena Geduldig gets involved.
Author Mo Daviau talks about her literary influences (you'll never guess), reveals why she's always been fascinated by time travel, and names her favorite character. Plus, she sings.
Guest readers Alfie Guy and Brian Slattery, along with host Cyd Oppenheimer, offer their take on Karl and Lena as a couple, opine as to whether this book's ending is a happy one, and consider the ways the stories we tell about our pasts shape our presents and our futures.