The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

From the archives: The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer. I loved this book when I read it in 2014. Greer went on to write the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner, Less. On my TBR!

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The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
by
Andrew Sean Greer

Rating:
4 book marks

What would you do if you discovered yourself living different lives during different times? What if, in these other lives, you had the chance to fix things, to point others towards happiness, or to alter your own life? What if you found a chance at happiness in one of these alternate lives, a chance that has been lost in your present life? These are some of the central questions Greta Wells must contemplate in The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.

I loved this very original story by Andrew Sean Greer, in which Greta discovers her 1985 self living in two other time periods, one in 1918 and one in 1941. In her modern world, Greta has just lost her adult twin brother to AIDS. Her long-time lover, Nathan, has left her and Greta is impossibly lost. Feeling hopeless…

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8 thoughts on “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

    1. Hi Jill! Yes I really liked this book. I haven’t read a lot of time travel books (other than The Time Traveler’s Wife which I didn’t really like) but this one is a little different anyway. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you saw a hummingbird today!

  1. I just recently put ‘Less’ on my TBR list too. It’s good to know the connection. This book sounds amazing as well. Time travel is always fun to contemplate, and learning the character’s lessons learned along the way would be a bonus.

    1. I definitely want to read Less. I think I enjoy the Pulitzer Prize winners more than other award winners. When I read The Impossible Lives I thought Greer was an excellent writer. Thanks for stopping by!

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