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Life after Life is not a traditional novel, with its stops and starts, its looping repetitions; Kate Atkinson builds a fully realized world by accruing a constellation of possibilities. It is a fantastically ambitious book, seeking to capture the complexity and momentousness of life itself, which succeeds on every level, and it is one of the best books I've read in years.
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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?

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

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"Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe Life After Life: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane. Simply put: It's one of the best novels I've read this century." Gillian Flynn, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl

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"Life After Life is a masterpiece about how even the smallest choices can sometimes change the course of history. It's wise, bittersweet, funny, and unlike anything else you've ever read. Kate Atkinson is one of my all-time favorite novelists, and I believe this is her best book yet." J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author of Maine and Commencement

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"Kate Atkinson's new novel is a box of delights. Ingenious in construction, indefatigably entertaining, it grips the reader's imagination on the first page and never lets go. If you wish to be moved and astonished, read it. And if you want to give a dazzling present, buy it for your friends." Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

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Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread Book of the Year award for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been an internationally bestselling author ever since. Her most recent books include Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, and Started Early, Took My Dog. Atkinson lives in Edinburgh.

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Jennifer Balke, March 19, 2014 (view all comments by Jennifer Balke)
I'm actually somewhat surprised how much I've enjoyed this book. I'm one of the few people who saw the movie Groundhog Day and thought that the main character's reliving the same day over and over was really tedious. However, Atkinson makes it work, perhaps partly because at some point in the book, Atkinson stopped going through Ursula's whole life again upon being reborn. Instead, she just picks up somewhere around the point where Ursula dies or else at some pivotal point in her life. I think early on I was interested to see how she was going to die next. As the book progresses though and as her character becomes more fleshed out, the reader gets to know her better, and, for me at least, it becomes easy to forget that she would probably die again at some point. I found it to really be an interesting concept - being able to continually hit the reset button until you get it right. What have you learned from your life and how can you make it better for both yourself and for those around you? This seemed to be the big question the book explores.
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Rachel Coker, December 18, 2013 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
Stunning. Totally non-linear, always surprising, occasionally frustrating, absolutely compelling. It's as though Kate Atkinson wanted to answer the question "What if Hitler had never come to power?" and found, instead of one answer, a dozen possibilities. I might describe this book as "The Time Traveler's Wife" meets "Groundhog Day," set in England from 1910 to 1945. But that wouldn't really tell you anything useful about this fantastic novel. Go read it!
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jksquires, May 3, 2013 (view all comments by jksquires)
I stayed up into the wee hours to finish Life after Life last night, and I must say this is one of the most interesting, original and intense books I've read in a very long time. Suffice it to say that Ursula is born over and over again, with the path of her lives taking more twists and turns than any roller coast ever invented, including an opportunity to kill Hitler before he could launch World War II. I will say no more because I don't wish to give too much away. Atkinson, as I had already discovered by reading several of her early books, is a marvel and should be recognized as one of the very best modern novelists.
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9780316176484
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Atkinson, Kate
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20130431
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Life after Life is not a traditional novel, with its stops and starts, its looping repetitions; Kate Atkinson builds a fully realized world by accruing a constellation of possibilities. It is a fantastically ambitious book, seeking to capture the complexity and momentousness of life itself, which succeeds on every level, and it is one of the best books I've read in years.

"Review" by , "Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe Life After Life: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane. Simply put: It's one of the best novels I've read this century."
"Review" by , "Life After Life is a masterpiece about how even the smallest choices can sometimes change the course of history. It's wise, bittersweet, funny, and unlike anything else you've ever read. Kate Atkinson is one of my all-time favorite novelists, and I believe this is her best book yet."
"Review" by , "Kate Atkinson's new novel is a box of delights. Ingenious in construction, indefatigably entertaining, it grips the reader's imagination on the first page and never lets go. If you wish to be moved and astonished, read it. And if you want to give a dazzling present, buy it for your friends."
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