Tuesday Ten: National Backwards Day

January 31st is National Backwards Day. Backwards day was created by Sarah Nichole Miller and Megan Emily Scott while they were working on a farm. They came up with the rules on January 29th, 1961 and word spread around town with the community doing things backward. The women made the day on January 31st and it has remained such ever since.

In celebration of National Backwards Day, here is a list of ten books told in reverse chronological order. Reverse chronological order is a method of storytelling in which the plot is revealed in reverse order.

#1 Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart

  • Published: 2017
  • Pages: 262
  • Starts at the end of the story moves backward.

#2 All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

  • Published: 2016
  • Pages: 371
  • Told backward from Day 15 to Day 1.

#3 The October List by Jeffery Deaver

  • Published: 2013
  • Pages: 312
  • Tells the story that occurs over a weekend, from Sunday evening to Friday morning.

#4 Out of Love by Hazel Hayes

  • Published: 2020
  • Pages: 384
  • Tracks a five-year relationship from its end to its beginning.

#5 How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

  • Published: 1991
  • Pages: 304
  • Follows the Garcia sisters, Carla, Sandi, Yolanda, and Sofia in revere chronological order from adulthood to early childhood.

#6 The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

  • Published: 2014
  • Pages: 338
  • A generational saga told in reverse in three parts 1999-2001, 1955, and 1929, with a prologue set in 1900.

#7 Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis

  • Published: 1991
  • Pages: 165
  • Begins in the 1980s and ends in Nazi Germany.

#8 The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

  • Published: 2006
  • Pages: 528
  • Begins in 1947, following the lives of four Londoners back in time through the 1940s.

#9 Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

  • Published: 1999
  • Pages: 304
  • The chapters and pages are numbered backward. It begins on page 289 with Chapter 47 and ends on page 1 with Chapter 1.

#10 The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve

  • Published: 2001
  • Pages: 325
  • Told backward in three sections with the characters at the ages 52, 28, and 17.

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