Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an 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, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she?

Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

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  • Pat H.

    A fascinating, thought-provoking book which I enjoyed reading very much. When I first started reading Life After Life, I thought that I would find it quite tedious to read the same story of one character's life repeated over and over, but I quickly found myself completely immersed in each re-telling, waiting to see how different decisions and events will result in a new permutation of Ursula's life. And although the subject matter is quite dark, the author's dry humor keeps the book from being depressing.

    2 · September 2, 2013

  • Gayle J.

    Well finished too late to come now will have to catch next one

    September 1, 2013

  • Gayle J.

    Still have another hour so may be there much later or may have to miss

    September 1, 2013

  • Sarita P.

    I haven't had a chance to finish the book, so I won't be coming today. For one reason or another, I've never been able to attend a meeting, but I've read several of the books you've chosen and loved them. I have high hopes for The Art of Hearing Heartbeats -- both for the book itself and that I can finish in time and make it to the discussion! Have fun today!

    September 1, 2013

  • Gayle J.

    Will be late about 430 or so

    September 1, 2013

  • Andrée G.

    "What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?"

    I think this quote is misleading as to what the book is all about. I would have to be convinced that volition is involved at all. What fascinates Atkinson is better expressed in Ursula's words to Ralph: "If just one small thing had been changed in the past...surely things would be different ."(p235)

    And that's what the author is masterfully playing with.

    3 · September 1, 2013

  • Sha'ron W.

    Loved the book, father is making a slow recovery from surgery so I am staying close on weekends. See you guys for Rebecca!

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • Christy

    Hi all, I'm not going to be able to make it tomorrow. I'm house sitting for my parents and they're getting back tomorrow evening, so I have to stay close. I also have a scratchy throat, and while I don't think I'm actually sick, I'd hate to infect you all! I'll see you in a couple of weeks!

    August 31, 2013

  • Cathy D.

    Hi all, I posted the questions in More ==> Files area. See you tomorrow!

    2 · August 31, 2013

  • Amber H.

    Hey everyone. I just read that Khaled Hosseini will be speaking at the SMU Tate Lecture Series on 2/11/2014.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    Has anyone considered the alternate universes theory? This book is fascinating!

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Barbara R.

    I can't make this one due to a family birthday dinner.

    August 21, 2013

  • Amber H.

    I just started reading this book last night and was overwhelmed when I saw the chapter lists. After I started reading, I understood the structure. I am reminded of The Butterfly Effect and Groundhog's Day.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would like to try this group again, and now seems like the perfect time as I just finished this book.

    July 29, 2013

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