“A companion piece to Life After Life”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
As a big fan of Life After Life, I was eager to read what the author had labeled a companion book, God in Ruins. It is a companion book and even though it could stand alone, I think the enjoyment of this read is heightened by having read Life After Life.
The World War II setting returns but it is extended to the present day. This book centers on Teddy, Ursula’s beloved younger brother. The book is not written in the same way, it does not change an outcome and then go back and tell the story a different way for a different outcome.
In the book we follow Teddy from a young boy to the nursing home but not sequentially, rather by an in and out of different years or events in Teddy’s life. So the cradle to grave is a circle that we jump in and out of. Exciting, mundane, dramatic and sad.