My Real Children

Jo Walton
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Oct 17, 2015

The science fiction aspect to this book is both obvious and subtle. The major plot point of the book is pure science fiction - parallel universes. The main character, Patricia Cowen, experiences two separate lives, stemming from a decision she makes shortly after college.

Once we reach the divergent paths, the chapters alternate between the two realities. From there, the story is pretty straightforward domestic fiction – the daily trials, tribulations, and joys of the main character.

What I found fascinating was how world events differed between these two lifelines. It makes me wonder about the impact our decisions have, not only on those around us, but on those we will never meet.

Fans of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life may enjoy this thought provoking book.

Written by Diane H.

Corinth was my neighborhood library when I was a kid.