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Week of January 6, 2014

Releases for the week of January 6th include A WEEK IN WINTER, the late Maeve Binchy's final novel; TENTH OF DECEMBER, a short story collection from George Saunders and a National Book Award finalist; THE DESCENT, the conclusion to Alma Katsu's The Taker trilogy; and LIFE AFTER LIFE, Kate Atkinson's vision of the first half of the 20th century as witnessed --- and lived --- by one woman.

Kate Atkinson, author of Life After Life

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife but dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born and embarks upon a life that will be unusual. As she grows, she also dies --- repeatedly, in a variety of ways --- while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?