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When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel Hardcover – September 24, 2008
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She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, and Started Early, Took My Dog. Case Histories, which introduced her readers to Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, was made into a television series starring Jason Isaacs.
Kate Atkinson lives in Edinburgh.
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These three books are loosely interconnected, focusing at least in part on Brodie and Edinburgh police inspector Louise Monroe. In ONE GOOD TURN, the sexual tension that defined Jackson and Louise's interactions never came to fruition; in WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS?, readers will be intrigued to discover that both main characters, in the intervening months, have made very similar choices in their personal lives, choices that will continue to complicate their personal and professional relationships.
But, as with the previous titles in this series, the private detective and the police inspector are, unusually, hardly the most important characters in the novel. Instead, Atkinson introduces a good dozen characters, each of whom carries his or her own tale of love, loss and betrayal, and whose stories come together in remarkable and, at times, surprising ways.
Central to the story is Joanna Hunter, now a successful physician and new mother living in Edinburgh.Read more ›
Except, of course, for that nasty post-traumatic stress disorder that clings to her - forever.
This is the past, to which the reader is introduced in When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel, followed by an influx of seemingly unrelated characters - Reggie, who is Dr. Hunter's nanny; Louise, an unhappily-married police officer, fondly recalling a love she almost had, a long time ago; Jackson, married twice and cuckolded by a lover, whose infant child may inadvertently belong to him; and Ms. MacDonald, a former teacher, now retired. Somehow, all of these disparate individuals are connected by at least one common thread.
A train wreck...Indeed, as one character hurtles along on a train headed toward London, or so Jackson believes, it is actually headed toward Edinburgh. When it lurches and turns on its side, its passengers tossed about, everything becomes tangled - literally. When Jackson ends up in hospital, miraculously kept alive by CPR administered by one Reggie Chase, he has the wrong ID on him. This fact sets the tale in a completely different direction.
Unbeknownst to these two characters - Reggie, the nanny, and Jackson, a former police detective - Dr. Hunter and her baby have gone missing. Ah, yes - Dr.Read more ›
1. There are really four main characters, Jackson, our old friend from her past books, a 16 year old orphan and amazingly resourceful girl, a loving and devoted female MD who has gone through hell and survived and a somewhat crusty and yet excellent female detective who is trying hard to have a normal and proper life, yet can't quite get there. All of these characters have had difficult lives and backgrounds, death and suffering behind them, and yet each gets out there every day to do good things. We love each of them even though they are flawed, lie, hide things, have made bad marriage decisions, etc. At the same time, we have no idea if any of them will survive and make it whole through this grim set of circumstances.
2. We view the world and what's happening through the eyes of each of these characters from chapter to chapter. Along the way, we pick up information from each that starts to answer questions about the others and what may really be going on in the world. There is no speed reading here. There are little clues and hilarious and sometimes scary comments in the minds of each of the characters that will play out in the future. Along the way, there are many little old nursery rhymes and sometimes quotes from the bible or from other writers that play in each of their minds in a very clever way. Sometimes these little quotes foretell the future or put us into a gloomy mood that death has happened or is just around the corner.
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"Six degrees of separation" is the idea that comes to mind reading in Kate Atkinson's universe. Another thought is that, while the bookshelves these days are filled with... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Karen J. Dahood
Complicated, but fascinating how all the threads pull together to a conclusion.Published 13 days ago by cheshire cat
Love the Jackson Brodie series. They are well written, have memorable characters and intertwined plot lines that make it hard to put the books down.Published 1 month ago by Judy M Sprowls
I love Kate Atkinson, so I'm likely to praise anything she writes (although I didn't like Life after Life that much--thought the topic had been done better by others) and you need... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. M.
Not a book for mystery fans. I've read the 5-star reviews that encourage fans of literary fiction to read this book, implying that most mysteries are not worthy of their time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by care's mom
My final book in the Jackson Brodie series (I read the last one first) and I've loved them all. Sad that there isn't another. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bjerkana
I read Atkinson's CASE HISTORIES and thought it was a fairly good example of a common aesthetic flaw, especially nowadays -- the writer divided against herself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Douglas J. Bassett