Life After Life

A Novel
By Kate Atkinson (Trade Paperback, 2014)
"One of the best novels I've read this century. Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe LIFE AFTER LIFE: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Ursula's world is in turmoil, facing the unspeakable evil of the two greatest wars in history. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization -- if only she has the chance?

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

"One of the best novels I've read this century. Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe LIFE AFTER LIFE: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Ursula's world is in turmoil, facing the unspeakable evil of the two greatest wars in history. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization -- if only she has the chance?

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Since then, she has written seven more ground-breaking, bestselling books, most recently Started Early, Took My Dog. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson

  • PRAISE FOR LIFE AFTER LIFE:

    "Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe Life After Life: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane. Simply put: It's one of the best novels I've read this century." (Gillian Flynn, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl).

  • PRAISE FOR STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG:

    "Marvelously original...Elegant and completely satisfying...Crime fiction that's also splendid modern literature." (Washington Post).

  • "Atkinson's prose is so lovely, with startlingly keen observations and wit, even those uninterested in the solving of various whodunits will be spellbound." (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "Atkinson is such a virtuoso that my brain starts fizzing like a glass of bubbly even before I crack the covers...A witty, moving, suspenseful, and always surprising story about the things we do for love." (St. Petersburg Times).

  • "Atkinson probes the territory surrounding innocence, gender, and crime with high literary style and a deep, abiding humanity." (Boston Globe).

Product Details

Life After Life
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $18.00 US
  • Pages: 560
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316176491
  • On Sale Date: 01/07/2014
Life After Life