Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
(Reagan Arthur Books, 2013, 544 pages)
People loved Life After Life (including our own Theresa) so I was glad I finally got around to picking it up! It was an engaging read and a story that was told in a unique way. Our main character, Ursula, is born in the UK in 1910. Atkinson takes us through various iterations of Ursula’s life as she is reborn and lives her life over and over again. The reader experiences WWI, the Spanish flu, WWII and beyond. Each time something different happens while the core tenets of Ursula’s life remain the same.
It’s hard to try and explain the book in a way that does it justice. Atkinson takes a stab at what it would be like to live as if you had an idea of what was going to happen and could potentially go about changing the course of your life. I was impressed with how this technique led to interesting character development – not just with Ursula, but with other members of her family as well.
If you’re a fan of historical fiction while also appreciating a novel with a unique approach I think you’ll enjoy Life After Life.