Life After Life can be summed up by the line on the back cover of the book:
"What if you could liveUrsala Todd was born in 1910, but she died immediately. In other chapters, Ursala Todd was born in 1910 and goes on to live interesting lives...she died in some of the lives and lived on in others.
again and again, until you got it right?"
The book was initially quite confusing for me until I caught onto what was happening. The writing and the story (stories) are genius. The Todd family itself was fascinating and the events of the two world wars and how they impacted England (where the Todd family lived) were well-researched and well-written.
"He had been reconciled to death during the war and then suddenly the war was over and there was a next day and a next day. Part of him never adjusted to having a future."
Teddy had been a pilot in World War II and he had never expected to survive that war. He did and
Both books are long and rich in details that add enormously to the stories. Life After Life is an ingenious story of what could have been. A God In Ruins is an ingenious story in a very different way. The ending of that book is incredulous and left me in awe.