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A God in Ruins

Written by: Kate Atkinson
Narrated by: Alex Jennings
Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The stunning companion to Kate Atkinson's number one best seller Life After Life, "one of the best novels I've read this century" (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl).

Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances, following Ursula Todd as she lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. Her new novel tells the story of Ursula Todd's beloved younger brother, Teddy - would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father - as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is facing the difficulties of living in a future he never expected to have. 

The stunning companion to Life After Life, A God in Ruins explores the loss of innocence, the fraught transition from the war to peacetime, and the pain of being misunderstood, especially as we age. Proving once again that Kate Atkinson is "one of the finest writers working today" (The Chicago Tribune), A God in Ruins is the triumphant return of a modern master.

©2015 Kate Atkinson (P)2018 Bond Street Books

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National Best Seller
New York Times Best Seller
Winner of the 2015 Costa Novel Award
TIME Best Book of the Year
Guardian Best Book of the Year
An NPR Best Book of 2015
Telegraph Best Book of 2015
Washington Post Best Fiction Book of 2015
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Financial Times Best Book of 2015
Seattle Times Best Book of 2015
St. Louis Dispatch Best Book of 2015
New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"This book is particularly lovely and melancholy.... [Atkinson] is one of those writers that really can make you weep on one page and laugh on the next.... She just has such a vast humanity for her characters, this incredible empathy.... I don't think I could ever write like Kate." (Gillian Flynn, author of number one New York Times best seller Gone Girl)

"This is a gorgeous novel.... Atkinson [has a] marvellously vinegary sense of humour...[and] extraordinary grace and control over the story.... It is unsettling and exhilarating, and reminds the reader that while the past lives with us at every moment, the future does, too, in every decision made or unmade.... Splendid." (The Globe and Mail)

"Kate Atkinson's A God in Ruins, a sprawling, unapologetically ambitious saga that tells the story of postwar Britain through the microcosm of a single family, [reminds you] what a big, old-school novel can do.... It's a masterly and frequently exhilarating performance by a novelist who seems utterly undaunted by the imposing challenges she's set for herself.... Atkinson's a sly and witty observer, with a gift for finding the perfect detail." (Tom Perrotta, The New York Times Book Review)

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