All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel

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One of Wall Street Journal’s Best of 2017

“Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor.”Entertainment Weekly

“[An] amazing debut novel. . . . Dazzling and complex. . . . Fearlessly funny storytelling.”—The Washington Post

“Instantly engaging. . . . A timeless, if mind-bending, story about the journeys we take, populated by friends, family, lovers, and others, that show us who we might be, could be—and maybe never should be—that eventually leads us to who we are.”USA Today

Elan Mastai's acclaimed debut novel is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms.

It's 2016, and in Tom Barren's world, technology has solved all of humanity's problemsthere's no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn't happy. He's lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you're heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid.

Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate realitywhich we immediately recognize as our 2016Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who may just be the love of his life.

Now Tom faces an impossible choice. Go back to his perfect but loveless life. Or stay in our messy reality with a soulmate by his side. His search for the answer takes him across continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his futureour futureis supposed to be.

Filled with humor and heart and packed with insight, intelligence, and mind-bending invention, All Our Wrong Todays is a powerful and moving story of life, loss, and love.
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About the author

Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies. All Our Wrong Todays is his first novel.
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Feb 7, 2017
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Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Science Fiction / Time Travel
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Una irreverente novela de ciencia ficción romántica.

Emocionante, divertida, inteligente. Una novela como nunca has leído ninguna.

«La física tiene soluciones y el corazón solo tiene preguntas.»

Tom Barren vive en un 2016 utópico de coches voladores, aceras móviles y bases en la luna, en el que los aguacates no se estropean y el punk nunca ha existido... porque no fue necesario crearlo. En 1965 Lionel Goettreider inventó una nueva forma de producir energía y el mundo disfruta ahora de todas las comodidades para una vida feliz.

Tom, sin embargo, no encuentra su lugar y, afligido por la muerte de su madre y el abandono de Penelope, la chica de sus sueños, roba la máquina del tiempo inventada por su padre y viaja al momento de la activación del Motor Goettreider. Durante su travesía, un accidente altera el curso de los acontecimientos y la estructura del universo,y Tom queda varado en nuestro sucio y decadente 2016, donde descubre una versión inesperada de su vida... y de Penelope.

¿Arreglará el flujo de la historia regresando a su universo utópico o tratará de forjar un nuevo destino en nuestra realidad desordenada e impredecible?

«Elan Mastai irrumpe con fuerza en el mundo editorial con una novela que ha sido traducida a más de veinte idiomas. Su éxito internacional es imparable. [...] Es obvio que se hizo novelista porque el mundo real se le quedaba pequeño, y en este tránsito de creatividad va cubriendo nuestra nostalgia -de todo lo que imaginamos y leímos y siempre anhelamos vivir- con el poder evocador de las letras.»
Raquel Jiménez Jiménez, Zenda

«Como novelista, odio a Elan Mastai por haber escrito un libro tan perfecto. Como lector, no podría estarle más agradecido.»
Ron Currie

«Una novela sobre viajes en el tiempo no tiene derecho a ser tan adictiva. Una novela tan adictiva no tiene derecho a ser tan inteligente. Y una novela tan inteligente no tiene derecho a ser tan divertida. O perspicaz. O envolvente. Básicamente, esta novela no tiene derecho a existir.»
Jonathan Tropper

«Elan Mastai crea casi por arte de magia una historia de amor ingeniosa y desenfadada: una bofetada emocional. Esta novela es una adictiva delicia literaria.»
Maria Semple

«Un original debut literario. Mastai se divierte empleando todas las convenciones típicas de los viajes en el tiempo y sus muchas paradojas, pero la guinda del pastel son sus diálogos, una reminiscencia de la Guía del autoestopista galáctico de Douglas Adams.»
Publishers Weekly

«Una novela deslumbrante, psicodélica y conmovedora.»
Washington Post

«Tom Barren es el viajero del tiempo más hilarante e incompetente desde Marty McFly.»
Dene Moore, Toronto Star

«Encantadora y fantásticamente construida.»
Kirkus Reviews

«Ha captado el tono DE Kurt Vonnegut admirablemente: una voz narrativa al tiempo inteligente e ingenua, indignada y resignada, lunática y profundamente triste.»
Wall Street Journal

«Es como si Mastai hubiera viajado en el tiempo y hubiera tomado abundantes notas de cómo sería un mundo utópico futuro. El aspecto científico cautiva tanto como la trama amorosa.»
The Associated Press

«A pesar de haber sido escrito antes de que Donald Trump suera presidente, Todos nuestros presentes equivocados resulta una novela muy oportuna para todos los que tengan la sensación de estar viviendo en una realidad paralela.»
Stuart Miller, Paste Magazine

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