Through a series of unexpected encounters and bittersweet reunions, time-traveling private investigator Imogen Oliver must once again navigate her complicated life—sometimes learning the hard way that the past can be as dangerous and unpredictable as the present. In this exciting sequel to “The Time Tourists,” her extraordinary ability to time travel through a still photograph leads to a hiking excursion to Mount St. Helens—pre-eruption 1971; post-WWII Kansas, where curiosity gets the best of her; a mysterious “uninhabited” island; and a New Year’s Eve bash where she learns a hard lesson in the perils of partying in 1920s New York.
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The Yesterday Girl, a sequel to The Time Tourists, was inspired by a what-if question I posed while looking at some framed photographs of early 20th century street scenes. I imagined what might happen if one could step inside of the still photo and become part of that time depicted in it.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted my protagonist, Imogen Oliver, to be a strong female character, a fearless feminist with flaws, but who wasn't afraid to step outside of her comfort zone. Time travel can be pretty scary after all. Because her parents were photographers, she is named after famous photographer Imogen Cunningham, and because she becomes an orphan at a young age, her last name, Oliver, is a shout-out to one of literature's most well-known orphans, Oliver Twist.
Breathing in and out slowly, evenly, she closed her eyes and waited for it. A swirling kaleidoscope of sunsets and landscapes. Kittens and puppies. Spring blooms. Fall foliage and pumpkin patches, flora and fauna and forests and snow angels. Summer magic. A memory box of humanity rushing past, followed by a flash of brilliant light, juxtaposed by a composition as dark as pitch—spinning and spiraling and vanishing as she began the stealth descent through the deepest and most disconcerting part of the journey—plunging headlong through the lens that would momentarily deposit her, unceremoniously, into the light and the time at the end of it.
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