Staff Recommendation: This is a companion novel to Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life and in my view a far more satisfactory accomplishment. In Life After Life the author toyed with time and created several different timelines and narratives for her main character Ursula Todd. In A God in Ruins the focus is on Teddy, Ursula’s brother and his life as an RAF Halifax pilot who is marked forever, not surprisingly, by that experience. Atkinson does bend time; she switches back and forth to different eras of Teddy’s life from chapter to chapter and it’s a technique that works well, giving us the fullest picture of the man. Teddy lives a very long life and this is such a rewarding book.