The next book in my 50 book challenge revealed itself to me in the return bin at the public library. I’m still uncertain whether or not it’s a perk or a book hoarder’s curse to work in a library, but inevitably there are slight advantages to getting first “crack” at books as they are returned. Life after Life by Kate Atkinson was definitely one that fell into this category. If I didn’t happened to read the inside cover when checking it in, I doubt I would have picked it up and taken it home.
I knew very little about this book before I read it, so I was delightfully surprised when I found out that one; it was written by a British author, and two; it took place during the early to mid-20th century, my favourite time period for all things British.
The first thing you need to be aware of is that this book jumps around – a lot. Normally this would totally put me off as a reader but once you get into the narrative you realize why such meandering between dates and time periods is crucial to the overall story. The main character, Ursula, essentially experiences her own version of the movie, Groundhog Day, where she lives her life over and over again, changing the outcome each time.
Without revealing major developments in the story line, this book is one that continually poses the question, “what would happen if we could live or lives over again?” Life after Life certainly provides a new perspective on the concept of déjà vu.
Next up on the book shelf: Into the Storm by Reed Timmer