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Life After Life

Written by Kate Atkinson

"What if we had a chance to do it again and again, until we finally did get it right? Wouldn't that be wonderful?"

In Kate Atkinson's remarkable book, Life After Life, Ursula Todd, born during a snowstorm in England on February 11, 1910, does have a chance to do it again and again, until she finally gets it right. Set against the backdrop of two world wars, Ursula's story plays out in all the various ways one's life could come to an end during those tumultuous years, and then, just when you think you know how it ends, the story resets itself and is retold. Sit back, let go of your pre-conceptions of how a novel should be written, and enjoy the ride.

If you prefer a more linear plot, try Atkinson's Jackson Brodie mysteries, starting with Case Histories.

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