West Egg Book Club
December Title: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Ursula todd was born in 1910 and is fated to die and be reborn over and over until she "gets it right". Life after life after life: Atkinson's telling title suggest not some glorious afterworld but the structure of this remarkable novel, about an English girl born in February, 1910. In fact, Ursula is stillborn in an opening chapter but emerges a healthy baby in the next; and the author then hopscotches through time, circling back to offer alternate versions of Ursula's life. Did Ursula endure an unwanted pregnancy, see her broher die of influenza, enter into a sour marriage, or not? Did she survive World Warr II Britain or instead marry a German and face down Hitler, a gun in her hand? Atkinson delivers a clear understanding that one life can take different avenues, and what a difference that can make. (Library Journal)
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