Life after Life (Kate Atkinson)

Life after Life follows the story of Ursula Todd, who is born multiple times, each life offering a different trajectory. The novel explores the concept of reincarnation and the impact of small choices and chance events on a person’s life. Through Ursula’s various lives, the book examines the themes of fate, resilience, and the power of second chances.

Author: Kate Atkinson
Year of publication: 2013
Pages: 622
List: Recent Prize Winner
Project: Orpheusunaccepted death





Plot Complexity: high
Language Complexity: high
Ideas Complexity: high

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson is a novel that falls under the Blue Label category in terms of language, ideas, and plot complexity. Atkinson’s masterful use of sophisticated language, incorporating advanced vocabulary and complex sentence structures, elevates the reading experience. The novel explores profound and thought-provoking ideas, delving into complex themes and philosophical questions that demand deep reflection. Its intricate plot, with non-linear storytelling and intricate character relationships, captivates readers and requires careful attention to fully comprehend its layers.


What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.

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