Tuesday, January 07, 2014

2014 book 9

Kate Atkinson's Life After Life
I've been wanting to reread this for a while now--the details had gotten all hazy, which means it's time--and then just yesterday it won the Costa Award, so now seemed like as good a time as any. I was worried it wouldn't be as great as the first time I read it, even if I didn't remember everything, but really, there's never any need to worry when it comes to Atkinson. This one manages to delight me, terrify me, and have me sitting with bated breath all in equal measure. It's also a very well-done war novel. I just really love Ursula's growing awareness and resolve and how much this story is about family. So great. Definitely my favorite book of last year.

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