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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

My Real Children

My Real Children - Jo Walton

Patricia Cowan is 88 (or is it 89?), in a nursing home, and both she and her nurses are aware that she is (as they put it) "Very Confused."  She insists that there's an elevator, but sometimes there's only a stair lift.  Sometimes the bathroom is on the left, and sometimes it's on the right.  She forgets a lot, these days.


However, she knows she was born in the year of the General Strike (1926).  She knows she was called "Patsy" in her childhood (and always by her mother), and "Patty" at school and Oxford.


But was she latter "Trisha," unhappily married to Mark?  Or "Pat," in a loving relationship with Bee?


Was she a sometime English teacher, or a successful author?


Was John F. Kennedy assassinated in 1963, or did he decide not to run for re-election after the nuclear exchange in 1964?


Is there an international science station on the moon, or nuclear missiles?


Most importantly, who are her real children? 


Doug, Helen, George, and Cathy?




Flora, Jinny, and Phillip?




After the first few chapters, timelines alternate, after she makes (or fails to make?) a fateful choice in 1949.  (It's very clear which timeline is which, from the chapter headings.)


An interesting novel, most definitely alternate history (hint: *neither* timeline is ours), and I think I would call it science fiction, though it's certainly very far from a space opera!