"One of the best novels I've read this century. Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe LIFE AFTER LIFE: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl 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, the third child of a wealthy 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 any number of ways. Ursula's world is in turmoil, facing the unspeakable evil of the two greatest wars in history. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization -- if only she has the chance?Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.
Award-winning author Jill McCorkle takes us on a splendid journey through time and memory in this, her tenth work of fiction. Life After Life is filled with a sense of wonder at our capacity for self-discovery at any age. And the residents, staff, and neighbors of the Pine Haven retirement center (from twelve-year-old Abby to eighty-five-year-old Sadie) share some of life’s most profound discoveries and are some of the most true-to-life characters that you are ever likely to meet in fiction. Delivered with her trademark wit, Jill McCorkle’s constantly surprising novel illuminates the possibilities of second chances, hope, and rediscovering life right up to the very end. She has conjured an entire community that reminds us that grace and magic can―and do―appear when we least expect it.
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?Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.
“[A] funny and a wickedly accurate picture of the life of a particular breed of Manhattanites—and it’s also thought-provoking and deeply moving.”—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness ProjectA young woman deals with the aftermath of her father’s death while she struggles to commit to a future with her fiancé in Life After Yes, the poignant, wry, and very accomplished debut novel from Aidan Donnelley Rowley. A story of hope and light in the darkness in the bestselling vein of Juliette Fay, Cecilia Ahearn, and Jacqueline Sheehan, newcomer Rowley has captured all the angst and pain of truly becoming an adult, and has done so with unusual heart and grace, inspiring Julie Buxbaum to rave, “Her flawed and complex characters will stick with you long after Life After Yes’s final pages.”
“Why don’t you just die?” Boyd Schaeffer asks her husband, Russell, one night during an argument. The next day, he does just that. Russell was rich, sensitive, charming, but always unreliable—and it is not clear to Boyd what emotional legacy his untimely death has bequeathed her. Now, she and her young daughter embark on a journey of grief, self-reproach, and self-discovery as funny as it is serious, and so profound and surprising that her individual life, in its quiet midwestern setting, takes on the universal lineaments of myth.With the help of several unconventional companions—as well as her daughter, who offers a child’s instinctive wisdom about life’s mysteries—Boyd begins to understand that endings are often also beginnings, that the Book of Life and Death is constantly being rewritten before our eyes.
Sidra is on the hunt for a wurdalak - a werewolf that has also been turned into a vampire. She didn't expect to become hunted herself, when the Alpha of the Black River Pack decided he wanted to claim her as his mate! As they hunt for the wurdalak together, the danger grows, and so does their attraction for each other. But the Alpha didn't count on another male contending for her affections! "She looked over to see the Alpha in his wolf form standing by one of the trees, off to her left. The warrior moved forward a couple of steps, looking protective, but froze when the wolf snarled loudly. His white teeth flashed in warning. "It's okay." she said quietly. Even she wasn't sure if she spoke to the huge hulking figure of the warrior, who stood directly in front of her, or the massive wolf standing a few feet away.The arched a brow, asking, "You would attack me for trying to protect her, wolf?"The growls remained constant. The warrior smirked. And then he turned his gaze to her, giving her a slow once-over with his eyes, acknowledging her nakedness for the first time. "Don't worry", he called out as he turned away, "we will meet again, little star. Soon." And she knew by his little endearment that he had noticed the stars by her eye. She wondered what else he had noticed. But there, right in front of her eyes, he shifted into a large black panther and loped away."WARNING - Please be aware that this book contains erotic material, as well as some torture scenes. Read at your own risk!
It could have been me.Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost. A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest. Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake. In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.
THE "LIFE AFTER LOVE" SERIES: BOOK TWOReeling from the news of her pregnancy, medical student Claire faces life altering decisions. Decisions that will lead to major consequences whichever cloudy path she chooses. Will the emergence of college friend Paul offer her a gap in the clouds and the respite of sunshine?Having had to bury his wife along with his feelings for Claire, billionaire Sam finds himself slipping away. His company appears to be moving into the hands of malevolent CEO Stan Bormann and his little girl, Jess, appears to be losing her father. Can the beautiful psychiatrist Jenna Blackwell rescue Sam from the storm of his own mind in time to save him?Aging lovers Jules and Juliette find their souls gently fusing back together after sixteen years apart. Slowly they begin to lay the ghosts of yesterday to rest as Jules attempts to bring his love back into the light. But can Juliette escape the shadows of her past and learn to live in that light once more?As they each plot their way through the maze of life, the fates of these people gradually come crashing together and lead them forward toward life after love.
THE "LIFE AFTER LOVE" SERIES: BOOK ONENineteen year old medical student Claire Prior finds her heart torn by her affair with billionaire Sam Burgess. Sam, meanwhile, struggles with his own emotions as he watches his terminally ill wife slip slowly away. Can their love survive beyond the deceit that it was born out of? Or will they succumb to the barriers standing between them?At the same, on the other side of the world, Jules Lee travels to a small Colombian village hoping to be reunited with the love he hasn’t seen for fifteen years, Juliette. However, dark shadows from their past threaten to ruin everything before Jules has even had a chance to be with her.These two seemingly unconnected tales of love and the things we must endure to survive it, begin the foundations for a story that will span over a decade and entwine the fates of each of the characters as they experience life after love.
Getting old is not for the squeamish. You have to deal with aging parents, kids who have moved out to make their own lives but who still need your help, and the realization that your lifelong career was just the halfway point. Your joints and muscles remind you that you can’t do what the young guys do anymore. In addition, you discover that your relationship with your significant other has changed, but is now more important than ever. This is a story about the members of the Riverview Golf Club as they face the challenges and joys of their golden years. Welcome to the back nine – of your life.
THE "LIFE AFTER LOVE" SERIES: BOOK THREEClaire deals with the after effects of giving up her child for adoption as Paul guides her lovingly through her turmoil. Will she find a place in her heart for his devotion? Or is her heart already too filled with the image of Sam to ever make room for another?Sam and Jenna deal with the fallout from sinister CEO Stan Bormann’s blackmail. In the mess that surrounds them, can they find each other? Or will Sam’s ghosts pull them apart?Jules and Juliette watch their friends enjoy the gift of their adoptive son David with sadness as well as joy. The boy casts both their minds back to their own experiences of parenthood and their dead son Danny. Does baby David represent a consolation between the past and the present? Or will their despair for their fallen child forever cast them in shadow?In this third instalment of ‘Life After Love’ the characters find their lives further brought into line with each other and their fates entwined as one. Follow the highs and lows of their lives as they go through life after love.
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