At its core, Life After Life poses the simple yet utterly profound question: What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? That's the incredible fate that has befallen Ursula Todd, the book's well-drawn protagonist, who is born again every time she dies. Each successive life is an iteration on the last, and the reader witnesses how how Ursula's choices affect her, those around her, and the fate of the 20th-century world.
"Life After Life is an extraordinary feat of narrative ambition, an audacious genre-bender, and a work of literary genius," raves Grantland's Kevin Nguyen, while Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt hails Atkinson's fantastic storytelling. "It's all so richly imagined and ingeniously executed that the mystery feels right," she reports. "What Atkinson has mastered: shining a light on how full life is of choices and chance, and how lucky we are to live it."