Mo Daviau is one of Five 2017 Oregon Book Awards Finalists for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. She was born in Fresno, California and proclaimed her life goal of publishing a novel at the age of eight. Mo is also a solo performer, having performed at storytelling shows such as Bedpost Confessions and The Soundtrack Series. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan where Every Anxious Wave won a Hopwood Award. Mo currently works for The Vermont Studio Center. Her website is modaviau.com
EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE (2016)
A wild romp of a love story across time, interweaving astrophysics and indie rock.
Good guy Karl Bender is a thirty-something bar owner whose life lacks love and meaning. When he stumbles upon a time-travelling worm hole in his closet, Karl and his best friend Wayne develop a side business selling access to people who want to travel back in time to listen to their favorite bands. It’s a pretty ingenious plan, until Karl, intending to send Wayne to 1980, transports him back to 980 instead. Though Wayne sends texts extolling the quality of life in tenth century “Mannahatta,” Karl is distraught that he can’t bring his friend back.
Enter brilliant, prickly, overweight astrophysicist, Lena Geduldig. Karl and Lena’s connection is immediate. While they work on getting Wayne back, Karl and Lena fall in love — with time travel, and each other. Unable to resist meddling with the past, Karl and Lena bounce around time. When Lena ultimately prevents her own long-ago rape, she alters the course of her life and threatens her future with Karl.
A high-spirited and engaging novel, Every Anxious Wave plays ball with the big questions of where we would go and who we would become if we could rewrite our pasts, as well as how to hold on to love across time.
“Every Anxious Wave gives us the intelligent irreverence of Nick Hornby, the honest romance of Gary Shteyngart, and the swoon-worthy charm of a John Cusack movie, all within a riveting story of lost love, bent time, and rock stars. A delightful, innovative debut.”—Rebecca Dinerstein, author The Sunlit Night
“A punk-rock time-travel love story for the ages…Daviau is ferocious with her sad and flawed characters, whose pain propels the story through several iterations. Because the tale keeps changing with every visit to the future, the book doesn’t end the way even its characters expect it to but is satisfying nonetheless. A dark and funny love story that, like its main characters, is much sweeter than it appears on the surface.”—Kirkus
“An absolute kick in the pants to read–if you love rock, bodies, and time travel, this is your ride.” –Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children
“In this stunning debut, Daviau lays bare all the ways in which dreams and regret are both fueled by love. As much fun as a Melvin’s concert, Every Anxious Wave is a romp.”—Monica Drake, author of Clown Girl
"Like Vonnegut’s best work, the book is whimsical and has a beating heart "—Mashable
“Daviau writes with humor and compassion, creating absorbing, sympathetic characters and enveloping serious questions about love and life-changing events in a balloon of mind-bending time travels. Readers of all types of fiction will enjoy.”—Library Journal
“A bittersweet, century-hopping odyssey of love, laced with weird science, music geekery, and heart-wrenching laughs...the deeper it goes into Karl’s and Lena’s erratic trajectories—past, present, and future—the more it rings with a uniqueness that transcends the tropes of time travel and indie romance...a wise, witty, whipcrack sci-fi romp about how our passions can both lift us up and hold us back."—NPR
Rights: St. Martin’s, World English and German; Rocco, Brazil; Blackie Books, Spain; Presses de la Cité, France; Ottotipi Edizioni, Italy; Time Education Ltd, Korea
MARCIE PILLOW (In Development)
Feminist stand-up comic Rachel Ruka is recovering from PTSD after a brutal relationship. She escapes to a New Age retreat center in California to try and heal herself under the relationship guru Marcie Pillow. There she meets John, who is either the most boring man on the planet, or the one man who will love her for who she is, bruises and all. Marcie Pillow insists John is the latter, but Rachel wants to heal on her own terms. Is Marcie a false prophet? Is a good man hard to find? What does it take to "return to yourself after death, divorce, or deceit?" Rachel insists on finding out the hard way in this tender, yet hilarious novel.