A God in Ruins

A Novel
By Kate Atkinson (Electronic Book, 2015)
The thrilling sequel to Kate Atkinson's #1 bestseller Life After Life, "one of the best novels I've read this century" (Gillian Flynn).

Kate Atkinson's 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. A GOD IN RUINS explores the loss of innocence, the fraught transition from the war to peace time, 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.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Electronic Book

    • Price: $14.99 US

    • ISBN-13: 9780316341554

    • On Sale Date: 05/26/2015

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

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The thrilling sequel to Kate Atkinson's #1 bestseller Life After Life, "one of the best novels I've read this century" (Gillian Flynn).

Kate Atkinson's 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. A GOD IN RUINS explores the loss of innocence, the fraught transition from the war to peace time, 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.

Kate Atkinson is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels, including Life After Life, Case Histories, and Started Early, Took My Dog. She lives in Edinburgh.
  • "Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe LIFE AFTER LIFE: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane. Simply put: It's one of the best novels I've read this century." (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl).

  • "Kate Atkinson's new novel is a box of delights. Ingenious in construction, indefatigably entertaining, it grips the reader's imagination on the first page and never lets go. If you wish to be moved and astonished, read it. And if you want to give a dazzling present, buy it for your friends." (Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies).

  • "An exercise in narrative gutsiness; a meditation on history, contingency, and free will; and the best new novel I've read this year." (Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine).

  • "Audacious, the kind of sweeping virtuoso epic that actually earns overheated book-jacket phrases like 'tour de force!'...What Atkinson has mastered: shining a light on how full life is of choices and chance, and how lucky we are to live it." (Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly).

  • "Kate Atkinson's very best...Exceptionally captivating." (Janet Maslin, New York Times).

  • A deft and convincing portrayal of an English family's evolution across two world wars...Marvelous...Not only does she bring characters to life with enviable ease, she has an almost offhand knack for vivid scene-setting ...spellbindingly done." (Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal).

  • "Life After Life is a hypnotic dance of causality and chance, in which Ursula makes genuine progress... Atkinson makes every one of Ursula's lives, as well as the lives of those she touches, feel inestimably precious." (Laura Miller, Salon).

  • "Masterful...Atkinson not only invites readers in, she also asks them to give up their preconceptions of what a novel should be, and instead accept what a novel can be... remarkably like life." (Meg Wolitzer, NPR.org).

  • Audacious, ambitious...Funny and quirky and sharp and sad -- calamity laced with humor." (Sarah Lyall, New York Times Magazine).

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US
  • Pages: 400
  • ISBN-13: 9780316341554
  • On Sale Date: 05/26/2015