Life After Life

By Kate Atkinson
(Reagan Arthur Books, Hardcover, 9780316176484, 544pp.)

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

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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? And if she can -- will she?

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




About the Author
Kate Atkinson is the author of a short-story collection, "Not the End of the World, " and critically acclaimed novels including "Human Croquet, Case Histories "and" One Good Turn". She lives in Edinburgh, England.


NPR
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013

During a beach outing with her family when she's 5, a little girl is swept away by a wave and drowns. In another version of that trip, though, an amateur painter swims out and saves her. Ursula's many lives grow in and out of each other in Kate Atkinson's new novel. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Thursday, Mar 28, 2013

Read an exclusive excerpt of Kate Atkinson's new novel, Life After Life. It follows the multiple lives of Ursula Beresford Todd รข?? born on a snowy night in 1910, in one life she dies immediately, but in others she grows and lives against the backdrop of a Britain descending into war. More at NPR.org

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