BOOK REVIEW: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

October 29, 2013

in Books

life after life by kate atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is one of those books I picked up because of the review on the front. In this case it sais, “One of the best books I’ve read this century.” ~Gillian Flynn

I loved Gone Girl so I figured if Gillian Flynn likes it, I’ll give it a try.

It was worth it.

Life After Life is the story of Ursula and her death. Deaths.

Atkinson takes the idea of the butterfly effect and combines it with groundhog day. Every choice we make resonates throughout our life as well as the lives of others. And Ursula gets to try again.

And again.

And again.

But the thing I love about this book is the do-over isn’t conscious. Ursula doesn’t know that she is reliving the same time period. She isn’t aware she needs to make different choices. She has a strong sense of deja vu, but can’t explain it.

Another thing I love is that Atkinson writes at a point of history where we always ask questions about what we might do if we had another change. WWI and WWII.

This is a great book. Thoughtful. Interesting. Curious.


Have you read Life After Life or any other Kate Atkinson books?

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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