“The story of Teddy, a WWII bomber pilot, who we first met briefly in ‘Life After Life’. This is a stunningly good novel about what it means to be human and the horrors inflicted by war. A bit slow to start but then you’re hooked and it just gets better & better!” Bob
A God in Ruins relates the life of Teddy Todd – would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. This gripping, often deliriously funny yet emotionally devastating book looks at war – that great fall of Man from grace – and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it, but on the lives of the subsequent generations.
It is also about the infinite magic of fiction. Few will dispute that it proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the most exceptional novelists of our age.