Time is a constant, right? Well, as A Wrinkle in Time suggests in its very title, that depends. And once you start wrinkling time, you'll need more than a steam iron to smooth it out again. In this novel, time is flexible: hang with the wrong crowd or check out the wrong planets, and it starts playing tricks on you. If you can't rely on time, what can you rely on? How can you make sense of a world in which time will go wonky on you without warning? A Wrinkle in Time asks these questions, and might even answer some of them...in time.
By having the Murrys and Calvin return home only a moment after they left, the novel brackets off their fantastical adventures from prosaic reality.
The novel makes time and space almost arbitrary structures that can be manipulated fairly easy in order to emphasize the importance of emotional and intellectual connections that transcend temporal and spatial distance.