Jul 24, 2013

Women's Fiction Spotlight: Life After Life


Blurb from Goodreads: On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. 

For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

It took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I was in, I was completely intrigued - read the last 450 pages in one day. Fascinating idea, executed well and in a completely original way. I really loved it and can see why it is getting all the praise that it has received.

It took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I was in, I was completely intrigued - read the last 450 pages in one day. Fascinating idea, executed well and in a completely original way. I categorize it as a bit of magic realism with the reincarnation, thus the life after life (after life after life). I really loved it and can see why it is getting all the praise that it has received.


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