The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, Andrew Sean Greer.

Greta Wells, in deep depression over the loss of her husband, tries electroshock treatments as a last resort. The treatments unexpectedly transport her to other lives, where she is living at not one but two times in the past. As repeated treatments send her on journeys through her other lives, she gains insight into not only herself but also those around her. You see, it doesn’t matter when or where Greta lives, the people she loves have always been part of her life. In some times, she gets precious days spent with family that is deceased in other times. In the end, Greta has the option to return to the time she originally inhabited, or stay in one of the others. What happens is not what you (or she) expect.
To be honest, I’m torn on this book. I responded to it on a deeply emotional level. I especially loved the idea that, it didn’t matter what path Greta took in life, the people she loved were always there. However, there is part of me that wonders on an intellectual level if this was really that well done. Yes, the premise was novel and the characters were engaging. But was it totally cliché? I cant quite tell. The enjoyment I got from reading this book has put it on my Top 10 for this year, but its possible it may not stay.

You might like: The Time Travelers Wife, by Audrey Niffinger.

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