Meet Me in Another Life: A Novel (Paperback)
As you read Meet Me in Another Life, be patient. The fateful vignettes of Thora’s and Santi’s existential lives in Cologne, Germany will begin to make sense. How many lifetimes can two people experience as teacher/student, brother/sister, husband/wife, father/daughter, and even as co-worker and friend. Is life a test? What is the right path? Through time, these two characters embark on hopeful and sometimes desperate situations, but their survival comes to a startling finale as they discover what is illusion and what is reality.
-MINDY— From Mindy's Recs
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“Inventive, bold and surprising . . . Builds in suspense and emotion, revealing itself page by page, layer by layer. Cleverly constructed and highly entertaining.” — CHARLES YU
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For fans of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and Life After Life, a poignant genre-bending debut novel about a man and woman who must discover why they continue to meet in different versions of their lives—a thrilling and imaginative exploration of the infinite forms of love and how our choices can change everything.
Thora and Santi have met before.
Two strangers in a foreign city, Thora and Santi meet in a chance encounter. At once, they recognize in each other a kindred spirit—someone who is longing for more in life than the cards they’ve been dealt. Before their friendship can blossom, though, a tragic accident cuts their story short.
They will meet again.
But this is only one of the many connections they share. Like satellites trapped in orbit around each other, Thora and Santi will find each other again: as husband and wife; teacher and student; caretaker and patient; cynic and believer. In recurring lifetimes they become friends, partners, lovers, and enemies.
Only they can make sure it’s not for the last time.
As strange patterns and blurred memories compound, Thora and Santi come to a shocking revelation. They must work together to discover the true reason behind their repeating realities . . . before their many lives come to one, final end.
About the Author
Catriona Silvey was born in Glasgow and grew up in Scotland and England. After collecting an unreasonable number of degrees from the universities of Cambridge, Chicago, and Edinburgh, she moved back to Cambridge where she lives with her husband and son. Her short stories have been performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. This is her first novel.
“Catriona’s characters are beautifully explored and deeply complex . . . the payoff of their self-discovery feels genuine and earned.” — Gal Gadot
“Inventive, bold and surprising—from where the novel starts I could have never imagined where it ends. Along the way the story of Thora and Santi builds in suspense and emotion, revealing itself page by page, layer by layer. Cleverly constructed and highly entertaining.” — Charles Yu
"The perfect read-alike for The Time Traveler’s Wife. . . . It asks whether we can ever truly know each other. This also has a mystery element in that you’ll be solving the puzzle along with the characters: Why do they keep getting drawn to each other, and what happens next?" — BookRiot
"Thought provoking . . . An inventive novel that kept me turning pages and has stayed with my afterwards." — The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star
"Pleasingly unconventional . . . both clever and, in the end, heartbreaking. What initially appears to be a magical realist romance novel pivots, through artful authorial legerdemain, to become a satisfyingly rendered and memorable piece of science fiction." — The Financial Times
“Silvey has crafted a steady, satisfying build of a novel, a character-driven set of stories dotted with uncanny glimpses of different worlds, all of which come together and crescendo into revelations that will leave the reader reeling.” — Booklist
"Will break your heart in the best possible way. The book spans the many lives of Thora and Santi, two people who are connected across time and space. In every lifetime they meet, and their story is always different. The one thing that endures is the profound impact they have on each other's many lives." — Popsugar, The 25 Best Books of April
"A hymn to friendship . . . A breezy read that's surprisingly philosophical." — Mashable
"You should read this book if you like: Romance, fantasy, sci-fi, reincarnation (kind of), anomalies in the time-space continuum, cosmic love that spans multiple lives and various incarnations." — Goodreads, 6 Great Books Hitting Shelves This Week
"Brilliant, lush, and achingly imaginative! I love this book in every life." — Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe and A World Without You
“Entirely surprising, thoroughly enjoyable . . . Meet Me in Another Life asks what if we could live all our best and worst selves, and what if all those selves have one specific purpose. A truly captivating work with an ending that rocked my socks off.” — Erika Swyler, author of Light From Other Stars and The Book of Speculation
"Engaging and inventive, this debut novel will appeal to fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife." — BookBub, The Best Books of Spring 2021
"Silvey offers an inventive novel about intertwined faith and love." — Debutiful
“Silvey provides an intriguing and heartbreaking exploration of life and how we choose to live it.” — The Canberra Times (Australia)