People experience life as linear on a cerebral level; we are born, then we die and everything in between is called being alive. The human soul experiences life in a circular fashion—at least Ursula Todd does, the heroine of the stunning novel by Kate Atkinson set against the bomb-swollen skies of WWII era London. Complex, emotionally provocative and unexpectedly funny, this is the most original novel I have read since “Wolf Hall.”
I consistently enjoy Atkinson’s writing because she doesn’t spoon-feed us. She expects much of her readers, but she also delivers a satisfying reading experience. If you prefer linear story lines and concrete answers, this is not the read for you (although I do encourage readers to push past their comfort zones sometimes).