Life After Life: A Novel (Large Print / Hardcover)
A complex and occasionally chronologically puzzling plot, centered around the life of Ursula and her family all living comfortably in the English countryside. Ursula's life (lives) and those of the people she cares about take several turns, driven in a mysterious way by her ability to sense what may befall her world. The heart of this novel takes place in London during the bombings of World War II and the vividness of the descriptions of both that physical tragedy and Ursula's emotional responses were worth the whole book to me. Memorable characters, challenging premise, enlightening history.— Mary
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.
About the Author
Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread Book of the Year award for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been an internationally bestselling author ever since. Her most recent books include Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, and Started Early, Took My Dog. Atkinson lives in Edinburgh.