Life After Life (Paperback)

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Title: Life After Life

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What are the chances? Two major novels with the same title published at the same time? How perfect, you'll think when you finish Kate Atkinson's masterpiece, how poetically inevitable! I cannot adequately describe the deeply mysterious beauty and brilliance of this novel, the profound resonance of its central conceit: that a fleeting moment of deja vu, or the nebulous sense sometimes that memory is surfacing from a past that is both dimly familiar yet somehow not our own, is nothing less than an intimation of immortality.

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"One of the best novels I've read this century. Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe LIFE AFTER LIFE: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl 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, the third child of a wealthy 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 any number of ways. Ursula's world is in turmoil, facing the unspeakable evil of the two greatest wars in history. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization -- if only she has the chance?
Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

About the Author


Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Since then, she has written seven more ground-breaking, bestselling books, most recently Started Early, Took My Dog. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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PRAISE FOR LIFE AFTER LIFE:

"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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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316176491
ISBN-10: 0316176494
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
Pages: 525
Language: English