Friday, January 09, 2015

Best of 2014: Magical realism, reincarnation, history?

One of the many items [old and new] enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2014, recommended for your consideration:

Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

What if you could repeat your life over and over until you discovered your life's purpose? This is a unique story dealing with the many lives of Ursula Todd, born (and reborn) on a snowy day in 1910.

Ms. Atkinson has written a complicated time travel story (similar to the movie Groundhog Day) of what could happen when the smallest decision can change your whole life. Many of the time threads are disturbing, but Ursula seems able to avoid the pitfalls in the next iteration of her life, many times with an unknowing sense of d
éja vu.

In the middle of the tale is a novella about the Blitz of London in World War II--images that are hard to forget.

I loved this book for its unconventional story line, complex plot structure, and great characters. I have never read anything like it. And could see myself reading it again.

Chosen by Wynne L., reference librarian

Editor's Note: BPL also offers this as an E-book.

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