ife After Life by Kate Atkinson
This historical fiction takes place during WWI and WWII. The idea of reincarnation and deja vu are prevalent throughout the novel.
The idea of "what if" surrounds the main character, Ursula, as she is born, matures, and continues her life...after life...after life. Each time she "dies," the idea that the small decisions, choices, and chances she makes alters her life's path. In one life, a rape in her teen years drives her to an abortion, which ultimately leads to a destructive life with an abusive husband. After being reborn, she alters her life just a smidge, so that the rape never occurs, which in fact, alters the other outcomes.
The novel was a bit confusing for readers, as it continuously jumps back when Ursula is reborn. This created some disconnect for the readers. Readers were divided about overall enjoyment of the novel; some liked it a lot, and others didn't care for it. In the end, it was mainly the jumping around and the confusion that led readers to not enjoy the novel.
Karla Erdman, book club founder and organizer
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