Life After Life (MP3 CD)
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. Ursula 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 toward 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?
Startlingly imaginative, darkly comic, deeply poignant this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.