Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can--will she?
On Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Kate Atkinson will appear at the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St., in connection with a Fill-the-Shelves Gallery Night event supporting the Milwaukee Public Library, sponsored by the Katie Gingrass Gallery.
Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
The staff and residents at Fulton, North Carolina's retirement facility share the realities of their respective lives, from a retired teacher who believes everyone is a third grader at heart, to a prominent lawyer who feigns dementia to escape life with his son, to a woman who keeps a scrapbook of every local crime.
The title works well for each book, even though they are quite different; it's not unusual for two books to share the same title, though typically they aren't published so close to one another.
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