The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Large Print - 2013
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To alleviate her suffocating depression after the death of her twin brother and the break-up with her long-time lover, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment that has an unexpected side effect.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Large Print, c2013
ISBN: 9781611739176
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Gree


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JCLSallyT Mar 31, 2020

This was an enjoyable story about love and time travel. However, the book was oftentimes confusing in regards to the time travel aspect and the author could've done a better job with some of the timetables.

Oct 12, 2019

There’s a lot to unpack. When using a plot that surrounds time-travel, its execution depends on the establishment of various settings because the author is describing the similarities and differences between the multiple timeframes. I felt that Greer was not able to write this properly; throughout the book, I was left confused on which world Greta entered because they were all described similarly. The author didn’t use the timeframes to his advantage enough to properly establish a historical setting that differs from the other timeframes. I also felt that Greer was attempting to be literary and impactful in his writing, but it fell short. A common metaphor that Greer used was along the lines of “there were commas under his eyes.” This metaphor was very confusing; what did the commas represent? The writing in this book was also extremely formal, which I found unnecessary. Greer overused perfect past tense and refrained from using contractions in sentences, even though these two writing techniques didn’t add effect. One thing that I will applaud Greer on is his establishment of voice. He wrote in the perspective of a woman perfectly and it was difficult for me to comprehend the fact that a man wrote this book. I rate this book ⅕ stars and recommend it for ages 12 and up.
@ilovefood of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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.

Jul 02, 2014

Following her twin brother Felix's death and her split with Nathan, her partner of ten years, Greta's physician suggests electroconvulsive therapy to combat her feelings of depression and loneliness. What Greta doesn't expect, however, is that each of the sessions somehow transports her into other versions of herself in one of several alternate time periods, including Greta of 1918 and Greta of 1941. In each of these separate realities, her close family and friends remain consistent, but their lives have played out differently, and Greta gets the feeling that her counterparts are trading places with her and living her 1985 life just as she is spending time in theirs. What happens when the twenty-five procedures have concluded?

I really relish stories about time travel, although I suppose Greta's experience is something more like dimension travel. I wondered constantly about the other Gretas and what they were thinking and feeling. I was sort of expecting them leave notes for one another or otherwise attempt to communicate in some way, if only to share the feeling of "WOW! Isn't this crazy what is happening to us?" I enjoyed the book, though it fell a little short of "unputdownable."

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.

Dec 29, 2013

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

Dec 15, 2013

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

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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