To Say Nothing of the Dog : Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last by Connie Willis - mmpbk
Mass Market Paperback. Very highly recommended!
"Willis effortlessly juggles comedy of manners, chaos theory and a wide range of literary allusions [with a] near flawlessness of plot, character and prose."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
From Connie Willis, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, comes a comedic romp through an unpredictable world of mystery, love, and time travel.
Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest. He's been shuttling between the twenty-first century and the 1940s in search of a hideous Victorian vase called "the bishop's bird stump" as part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid.
But then Verity Kindle, a fellow time traveler, inadvertently brings back something from the past. Now Ned must jump to the Victorian era to help Verity put things right--not only to save the project but also to prevent altering history itself.