STAFF REVIEW: Kate Atkinson's novel, Life After Life, tells many stories all revolving around the lives of a upper-middle-class English family of seven who live in an idyllic rural home named Fox Corner. The reader follows the family from 1911 to the 1950s, tumultuous years in England. But wait–some characters, especially Ursula the middle daughter, have many different narratives, some contradictory to what has been told before. Because of the author's narrative skill, these variations of plot and the descriptions of time, place and characters and the pace of her writing wraps you up in their world and compels you to keep reading. I couldn't decide if the variations were like detailed accounts of ones hopes or fears about what can happen in life or if the author is showing us how things can turn out differently for her characters with the most minor of changes. For example, what if you turned left instead of right and avoid a car wreck or you stopped to pick flowers along a path and missed the chance to stop a crime that is happening a mile ahead? What happens next? This is a fascinating, absorbing, delicious book. Atkinson's newest book, A God in Ruins, continues the story of one of the children in Life After Life, and those who have read the second one say it is terrific too. Recommended by Pat.