Multcolib Picks: While You Wait for... Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Annotation:Bravery, guilt, and atonement in the hills of Italy during World War II. Like Atkinson's book this novel has very strong characters who must live with the choices they make, though they only have one life in which to do so.
Annotation:An exceedingly unhappy and angry young man discovers first hand the truth of the proverb 'an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind' as he is transported through the bodies of people fixated on revenge.
Annotation:Set during the Napoleonic Wars, this novel plays with structure and identity. The destinies of two remarkable people are intertwined: Henri, a French soldier, and Villanelle, the daughter of a Venetian boatmen, who has lost her heart to a married noblewoman and who wanders the Western world to retrieve it.
Annotation:This novel explores how disparate people connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky.
Annotation:A fantastical biography of a poet who first appears as a sixteen-year-old boy at the court of Elizabeth I and is left at the novel's end as a married woman in the year 1928.
Annotation:Alexander Cleave, a famous actor with a disintegrating career, retreats to his childhood home where he struggles to come to terms with his memories, the unsettling presence of a caretaker and teenage housekeeper, and ghosts of the past.
Annotation:A heart attack returns forty-three-year-old Jeff Winston to his eighteen-year-old body, in 1963. With his memory of the next twenty-five years intact and the freedom to change his actions, he begins to live his life over again.
Annotation:Elisa Brown is on the long drive home after visiting her son's grave when the crack in her windshield vanishes. She notices other changes too. Her body is curvier; her clothes and car are different. Back home, she has a new job, a sturdier marriage, and disturbingly altered sons. Has she had a psychotic break? Or entered a parallel universe?
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This innovative novel follows Ursala Todd through, well, life after life. She is born in 1910 over and over, sometimes not making it to the First World War, other times playing key roles in the Second, the twists of circumstance and choice changing her fate. Not to be confused with the book with the same title by Jill McCorkle.