Title: Life After Life
Author: Kate Atkinson
Genre: Fiction/Historical Fiction/Literary Pages: 611
First published: 2013
Edition: Massmarket Paperback, published in 2014 by Black Swan
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
It took me a while to read this novel, but in the end I can safely say I loved it. The idea of writing a novel about different outcomes of the same life is so interesting to me and this story was really well executed. I guess we all have that feeling of déjà vu sometimes and this one takes that to an extreme. I enjoyed that a lot.
A large part of the novel takes place against the looming and present World War II, normally not a favourite setting for me, but in the concept of this story it really worked for me.
I felt really connected to Ursula, our main character, and I really enjoyed many of the side characters as well. They were varied and interesting. I loved the essence of Ursula, which shines through in every life she lives.
The hops through time were a little confusing at times, but I never remained confused for that long.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this novel to anyone who would care to read it, as I was really enjoyed it a lot. I will definitely be picking up more books by this author. I loved her writing.
6 out of 7 stars