By Kate Atkinson ( Doubleday)
I PICKED it up and read on the back that “what if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?”
Oh no, I thought, Groundhog Day on a grander scale. How very wrong I was.
Ursula Todd is born in 1910. The first time she dies, the second time she is saved by chance and circumstance; those chances and circumstances follow her through all manner of lives, and you get to discover them all.
It’s hard to explain, it’s not a parallel set of worlds, Ursula is the same person, as is her family around her, but tiny things, small decisions, have big ramifications, and what follows is the story in all its detail until it runs its course and you pick up again where those paths diverged.
Life After Life may be complicated to the casual reader, there’s so much to it but every time the chapter starts again you’re drawn in to the story anew.
It is clever and while it may not be for everyone, if you have a fine sense of the curious, I think you’ll enjoy it.
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