Ursula Todd, the hero of this novel, is a regular girl living life in the shadow of two world wars. But when she dies, we see her life start again, the same but subtly different. Ursula doesn’t know that any of this is happening, except for a nagging sense of déjà vu and a sense of dread about certain events that haven’t happened yet. She lives dozens of lives throughout the course of the book -- some short, some long, some happy, some horribly sad, one where she tries to kill Hitler and one where she lives on his estate. Each life shows how Ursula’s choices here or there can lead to a vastly different future, but through it all she’s always the same determined woman.
I absolutely loved this book and especially Ursula, who fights the good fight every moment of every life. When she got caught up in horrible situations, I was happy to know that another life was ahead of her that could be better, but when she found a fantastic life I was depressed to think about how her next one could never compare. I was also very intrigued by the various depictions of life during World War II, from Ursula living almost completely outside of the fighting to working cleanup after bombings to living a very careful life in Germany. If you are interested in 1940s England and willing to deal with more than a few repetitive chapters, this might be just the book for you.
--Alison McCarty, Callahan Branch Library
Find Life After Life in the Nassau County Public Library System catalog.