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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Patty Pick for 3/3/16 is "The Fifteen Lives of Harry August" by Claire North

When reading the short description of this book, I was definitely intrigued. The premise of dying and re-living your own life over again sounded like a interesting theme for a book. Who wouldn't want to redo and change some of the decisions that we have made in our lives.
Harry August was born on the floor of a ladies restroom while his young, unmarried mother died giving birth to Harry. The wealthy family of the Harry's biological father, places Harry in the home of their gardener and wife with compensation to bring 
him up. Harry's father rapes Harry's mother while she worked as a maid in the estate home. Harry's parents are good parents, but his adopted mom dies young and his father never recovers from the loss.
When Harry figures out that he is continually coming back into his same life after each death, he tries many different paths. He eventually meets a member of the Cronus Club, who are other humans that are born over and over like Harry. She takes him under her wing and explains how their mission in life works. As Harry comes to the end of a life, a newer generation member tells him that the world is going to be destroyed and that it is happening at a faster and faster time period. 
Harry searches for the answers to why this is happening. We all come to figure out the cause as Harry works toward stopping the eventual outcome. This book reads like a memoir part of the time, along with a science fiction, and sometimes a thriller. While it 
did make for a lively and thought-provoking discussion amongst my book club, Don't look for happy endings. :)