Study Guide

The Time Traveler's Wife Characters

By Audrey Niffenegger

Clare Abshire

When Clare first meets Henry as a six-year-old, she's a good Catholic schoolgirl, who believes in...

Henry DeTamble

In various passages in The Times Traveler's Wife, Henry explains that the inevitable cause of his...

Alba

Henry and Clare name their daughter Alba, after a "white fortress on the hill." Her name mirrors...

Annette DeTamble

Under her artist name "Annette Lyn Robinson," Henry's mother has made a name for herself as a...

Richard DeTamble

Richard DeTamble is a violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After his wife, Annette, dies...

Mrs. Kim

Mrs. Kim has been a mom to Henry since his mother died when he was five. Henry calls her "Kimy,...

Lucile Abshire

Clare's mother, Lucille Abshire, is a very troubled, unpredictable woman. During her first date...

Philip Abshire

Philip Abshire, Clare's father, is a lawyer, specializing in wills. "Master of his features," he...

Mark Abshire and Fiancée Sharon

Mark is studying to be a lawyer, like his father. Clare and Mark have never had a very friendly...

Alicia Abshire

Alicia is Clare's younger sister. Henry describes her as, "matter-of-fact and kind, but a little...

Grandma Meagram

Grandma Meagram lives with Clare's family. She is blind. One day when seventeen-year-old Clare...

Great Aunt Dulcie

Great Aunt Dulcie participated in the Abshires' Christmas dinner when Clare brings Henry to meet...

The Abshire Family Staff

Etta works as the housekeeper for the Abshire family. She's German and runs the household like a...

Gomez and Charisse

Gomez and Charisse have been Clare's best friends since she moved to Chicago. She describes Gomez...

Ingrid

Ingrid is Henry's girlfriend before he meets Clare. Clare describes her as "blond and beautiful...

Celia

Celia is a friend of Ingrid, Henry's ex-girlfriend. Clare meets her for the first time during a...

Ben

Ben is one of Henry's close friends. He has been infected with HIV by his ex-boyfriend, and still...

Helen

Helen is one Clare's oldest school friends. She's one of the girls who witnesses the Ouija board...

Dr. David Kendrick and His Wife

When Henry visits Dr. Kendrick in his office for the first time, he tells him about his condition...

Dr. Amit Montague

Amit Montague becomes Clare's doctor throughout her many miscarriages and her final successful...

Henry's Colleagues at the Newberry Library

Matt works with Henry at the Newberry Library. Although Henry is chronically unreliable and Matt...