The Versions of Us

The Versions of Us

eBook - 2016
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"A joy." -- Guardian

"Enchanting." -- People

"Triumphant." -- Sunday Telegraph

"Stunningly crafted and constantly surprising . . . An utterly convincing love story about two people destined to be together somehow, no matter what." -- Times

" One Day meets Sliding Doors. " -- Elle

A dazzling novel about the ways the smallest decisions give shape to our lives, The Versions of Us charts a relationship through three possible futures.

Cambridge, 1958. Late for class, Eva Edelstein swerves to miss a dog and crashes her bike. Jim Taylor hurries to help her. In that brief moment, three outcomes are born for Eva and Jim. As the strands of their lives weave together and apart across the decades from college through wildly different successes and disappointments, seductions and betrayals, births and funerals, joys and sorrows, the only constant is the power of their connection. The Versions of Us is a tour de force of storytelling .

"Barnett renders an irresistible concept in sweet, cool prose -- a bit like a choose-your-own-adventure book in which you don't have to choose." -- Observer

"One of the most engrossing novels either of us has read in years." --Richard Madeley, Richard and Judy Book Club

"I simply adored this wonderful novel." -- Jessie Burton, author of The Muse and The Miniaturist
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
ISBN: 9780544634473
0544634470
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 402 pages)

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maipenrai
Aug 31, 2017

I am sorry to say that I gave up on this book. Sometimes it is a challenge to follow one narrative, but multiple and alternative versions are not my idea of a pleasant read. When several versions of events are possible I cease to care what happens to the main characters because I come to believe I will never know or will be left with more than one resolution. Then there is the issue of keeping track of what story line you are following. Not for me. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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msp_pier
May 20, 2016

First things first - I LOVED this book.

I'm a huge fan of the movie Sliding Doors (remember when Gwyneth was normal and wonderful and amazing and not all Gooped up?) and all things that are like, "what if we took this road instead of that one?"

The Versions of Us is just like that, but better. It's the story of Jim and Eva. They meet by chance in Cambridge in 1958 when Eva's bike gets a flat and Jim comes over to see if he can help, which turns into drinks, which turns into love. Or maybe she doesn't get a flat and they never meet. Or maybe they meet and he helps her, which turns into drinks, which turns into them breaking up 6 weeks later.

The whole book focuses on these three different (switching back and forth, which was confusing at first, but I got the hang of it!) versions and what their lives would look like from that moment on.

Spanning from the fifties to the present it's a story of possibilities and the effects that our choices make on a day to day basis. It's also a story about the choices we don't make, and we all do that from time to time.

The characters were beautifully written (all three versions of them), they were flawed, they were human, they were real, as were the different versions of their lives.

I couldn't help but root for one particular outcome throughout the book, although the outcome I rooted for changed the more I read, but in the end I don't think any outcome was better than the other, and that's life, you guys!

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KathyS82
Nov 13, 2015

Be ready to need a pen and paper to keep notes while reading this book. It's totally confusing without having the payoff of being worth it.
The premise is great but this book did not deliver. Version 3 didn't even make sense as it wasn't a result of that one moment in time that changes your life. Characters were boring and lifeless.

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bookwormjeph
Sep 09, 2015

I tried , I really did, to like this story as I was intrigued by the premise of how our lives can change and pivot on a seemingly simple and at times trivial decision. I can attest to this in my own life. However I felt let down and it just felt too scattered, superficial characters, and I got quite bored. I was left feeling disappointed. Twas a shame.

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dradmol
Aug 16, 2016

Slow to start and hard to follow but really good.

The story of two people destined to be together told three ways.

Very much worth the time to read.

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