In her novel Life After Life, Kate Atkinson poses the mind-bending premise of a character being able to live and die many times in one lifetime.

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Kate Atkinson

When you pick up a book dubbed ''the literary achievement of the century,'' you might wonder what all the fuss is about. I did, and my skepticism followed me through the first chapters. I just wasn't convinced Atkinson could pull off what she was attempting.

A baby girl, Ursula Todd, is born on a snowy February evening in England in 1910. The cord is wrapped around her neck and she dies. But wait a minute. Rewind. She is born again, and this time the doctor makes it through the snow and saves her.

Really? Ursula is going to keep dying all the way through the book? Yes, that's right.

I have to admit it wasn't long before I became thoroughly and marvelously hooked. I began delighting in how fresh and original, how mind bending and soul searching Atkinson's premise is. What if we could live again and again, until we got it right? And what if we could somehow do so in the span of one lifetime?

Impossibly hard to put down once you enter the puzzling shifts and turns of Ursula's life (lives), this book will haunt you long after you turn the last page. I relished the method in the madness, the constancy of Ursula's parents and siblings, and love, bending but not breaking, through life, death, and life again.

#34334 - Paperback Book - 560 pgs
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