Book #13! This may be the most unique and interesting book I have ever read: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. You can pull one quote from the book to describe the general concept of the book: “What if we had a chance to do [life] again and again, until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?”
Ursula, the main character, goes through life after life after life, trying to get it right. Think groundhog day but instead of golf and comedy, it’s war, family, murder, love, alcoholism, and rape. Sounds great, right? Honestly, much of the plot is sad and depressing, but there are good moments too.
The storyline restarts at various moments – and no it’s not always easy to follow. It’s a powerful statement to how one little moment can change the trajectory of the rest of your life. Of course we’d go crazy if we went around life analyzing how every decision – large and small – would affect the rest of our lives. But it’s an interesting concept to think about. The timeframe of the story also made it interesting – pre- and during World War II. It was a different perspective on the war, though: the efforts of women in Britain to protect and help friends and neighbors in the middle of bombings. Very intense.
Anyway – I know this review seems all over the place, which is kind of appropriate for the book, but it really was a good book. Just make sure you read it when you can pay attention and focus!