Melanie Gideon’s Top 5 Time Travel Books

The Valley of the Moon author shares her favorite stories in the genre.

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I’ve always been fascinated by time travel stories. My novel, Valley of the Moon was inspired by the musical Brigadoon—a tale of a 20th-century man who stumbles upon an 18th-century village in Scotland that has somehow been stuck in time.

Valley of the Moon is the story of a young single mom named Lux who goes camping in the Sonoma Valley. She awakens in the middle of the night to find her campsite enveloped in a dense fog. Disoriented, she wanders toward a point of light in the distance and emerges into a meadow on a sunny day. There she meets a group of people whose sweetly simple clothing, speech and manners almost make them feel like they are from another time… and then she realizes they are. She has stumbled upon the idyllic community of Greengage that has been cut off not only from the rest of the world but also from time itself, marooning its residents in the early 20th century.

Here are my favorite time travel books I love to return to again and again.

Featured image: PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/; Author Photo: © Jonathan Sprague

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MELANIE GIDEON is the bestselling author of the novel Wife 22 and the memoir The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After. She is also the author of three young adult novels. Her books have been published in more than thirty languages. She was born and raised in Rhode Island, and now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son.

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