Life After Life: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Apr 2, 2013 - Fiction - 544 pages
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What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. 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 a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she?

Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

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User Review  - randalrh - LibraryThing

An interesting idea, very well executed. Ursula's fate, after a while, is not much in doubt, but the details are, very much so. There's an interesting dynamic in that Ursula has a very finite control ... Read full review

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User Review  - GrlIntrrptdRdng - LibraryThing

So what was the fucking point? The entire book is about how different factors and events in Ursula's life changes it with the most important one being World War 2. We see her life over and over again ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named the UK's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1995. Since then, she has written seven more ground-breaking, bestselling books, most recently Started Early, Took My Dog. She lives in Edinburgh.

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