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In the first pages after the prologue of this novel, Ursula Todd is born and dies almost immediately; but in this singular fiction, that is only the beginning of her story. Thereafter she is repeatedly reborn, lives, and dies, each time surrounded by the same family. As the story progresses, so does its protagonist, assimilating lessons that she has learned along the way. Kate Atkinson's Life After Life is no contrived séance room saga of reincarnation; it is a sage tale of living through historic hard times and gaining wisdom along the way. Superlative hardcover reviews; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.