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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (May 2015)

'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 and a next day.  Part of him never adjusted to having a future.'

Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again.  In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy - would-be-poet, heroic pilot, husband, father and grandfather - as he navigates the perils and progress of the twentieth century.  For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

A God in Ruins is a masterful novel.  It looks not only at war - that great fall of man from grace - but also at the endless opportunities offered by fiction.  Few will dispute that it proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.
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