Life After Life Author:Kate Atkinson On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy 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, repeatedl... more »y, in any number of ways. Ursula's world is in turmoil, facing the unspeakable evil of the two greatest wars in history. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization -- if only she has the chance?
Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.« less
I love Kate Atkinson books - this one being no exception and maybe my favorite. Trying to explain the concept of being reborn over and over without sounding too gimmicky is really hard. This is simply a story of one girl's life from birth to WW1 through WW2 with different twists each time her path is revisited. While it took some getting used to, I found myself waiting for the next "throw away" scenario. What a fantastic time Ms. Atkinson must have had coming up with the simplest changes making a whole different life - basically a different book!