It is not that odd to have books with identical titles. For example, there is the….
Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston
Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
Book of the Dead by Tanith Lee
Book of the Dead by Robert Richardson
Book of the Dead by Ashley McConnell
What is unusual is to have two books with identical titles come out on the same day.
McCorkle’s Life After Life – The Pine Haven retirement center is home to a collection of uniquely different characters. There’s retired third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, a prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status, who keeps a scrapbook of every local murder and heinous crime; Rachel Silverman, recently widowed, whose decision to leave her Massachusetts home and settle at Pine Haven is a puzzle to everyone but her; C.J., the pierced and tattooed young mother who runs the beauty shop; and Joanna Lamb, the hospice volunteer who discovers that her path to a good life lies in helping people achieve good deaths. Each character begins to connect with another, they explore the various events in the lives and their experiences of death. Life After Life is a testament to life, and death, and especially the ways others touch our lives and live on in our hearts and memories long after they have passed on.
Atkinson’s Life After Life – (Life After Life, large print) The tag line is “What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? ” The book opens on a cold and snowy night in 1910. Ursula Todd is born dead, the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. Chapter two opens with Ursula Todd born again, same time, same place , but this time the doctor arrives in time and she is saved. And so it goes. Ursula lives and dies and lives and dies, sometimes with vague memories of past lives, sometimes a lot more. All this is set in England during the two World Wars. We see how Ursula’s choices affect her, those around her, and–so boldly–the fate of the 20th-century world. Kate Atkinson is also the author of the Jackson Brodie mysteries (Case Histories).