Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

A client upon viewing the Life After Life cover as I was unpacking it, said distastefully, I don't like the cover – all that purple snow, it's rather horrible isn't it? Ursula Todd is born one snowy evening in 1910, takes her first breath and then immediately dies – hence the purple snow. You have to suspend disbelief here as Kate Atkinson takes you on a surreal but highly believable journey as Ursula is born once again this time for a longer period and then dies. This occurs over and over several times throughout the novel. Ursula is faintly aware of her past lives and her family think her slightly strange with gaps due to her frequent reincarnations. The crux of the novel is how might we have seized life differently, changed the path of our own history of we had just altered just one small action...fascinating.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books