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I thought that "Behind The Scenes At The Museum" was sort of like a bookend to "Life After Life" so you might enjoy that one, too. It's told from an omniscient first person view from the moment of conception.

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I thought that "Behind The Scenes At The Museum" was sort of like a bookend to "Life After Life" so you might enjoy that one, too. It's told from an omniscient first person view from the moment of conception.

 

Now you have me intrigued, lol! I don't know why I've left it on the library shelf when I've seen it there, since I like Atkinson's work so much. I will have to check it out, thanks!

 

I admire how Atkinson masters any genre she turns to - the Brodie detective mysteries and now science fiction (of a sorts) in Life After Life.  

 

Life After Life isn't exactly traditional science fiction/fantasy but I thought she handled those aspects with great skill. The scenes in the London Blitz were so dystopian. In a way, they were so much more disturbing than any sci fi I've read because I knew it was a fairly accurate depiction of those events. Earlier this summer I read The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. At first I enjoyed it the time travel aspect of that book but eventually I became dissatisfied with the novel as a whole. Atkinson is working in the same neighbourhood, playing with timelines, but she is so much more adept at it. 

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This says it better than I can:

 

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Behind the Scenes at the Museum: A Novel 

Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets.  Kate Atkinson’s first novel is “a multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years” (The New York Times Book Review). 
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