Review: My Real Children by Jo Walton

18490637My Real Children

Jo Walton

320 pages

Published in May 2014 by Tor Books

Source: Public Library

If there were two worlds, then what caused her to slide between them? They weren’t two times as they were for Charlotte. It was the same year, whichever year it was. It was just that things were different, things that shouldn’t have been different. She had four children, or three. . . Had she made a choice that could have gone two ways and thereafter had two lives?

It’s 2015 and an eighty-something year old Patricia Cowan is losing her memory. Not only is she losing her memory, but she’s remembers things that couldn’t have possibly happened. She remembers having a life with Bee and being mom to three kids, but she also never met Bee and instead married Mark and had four living kids. Nuclear bombs were dropped on Miami and in the other life, this never happened. As Patricia looks back on her lives, she wonders why did these two lives come down to one seemingly innocent decision she made in the past. My Real Children is a wonderful exploration about the choices we make in life that can affect not just ourselves but the world.

Jo Walton takes the question of ‘what if?’ and explores it in depth. It’s probably a question many of us have asked ourselves throughout our lives. I found myself fascinated and pulled in to Patricia’s lives from the first few pages. Her lives were vastly different from each other with just a few connecting strands. The two Patricias (Pat in one life, Trish in the other) found love and joy in almost unrecognizable ways.

This book has been compared to Life After Life by Kate Atkinson with My Real Children being the clear winner. Since I haven’t read Life After Life, I can’t tell you which is better. I can say that after reading My Real Children, I need to go and read more books by Jo Walton. My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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12 Responses to Review: My Real Children by Jo Walton

  1. So glad you liked this one. I HATED Life After Life, but this premise sounds a lot like one of my favorite movies, Sliding Doors. I’m eager to give it a try!

  2. Vasilly says:

    Andi, this did make me think of Sliding Doors. I need to watch it.

  3. I’m really glad you liked this — I have had mixed results with Jo Walton’s fiction. I thought Among Others was very good indeed, though, and I’m hoping for good things from My Real Children. I have a hold at the library! I am very excited for it!

  4. BermudaOnion says:

    You’ve certainly piqued my interest with this one.

  5. joyweesemoll says:

    This sounds fascinating. I love the concept!

  6. Chris says:

    You intrigued me when you talked about this one the other day, now I REALLY want to read it!

  7. Bree @The Things We Read says:

    Sounds like a good books. Thanks for adding to my wish list. Lol

  8. aartichapati says:

    I want to read this so badly! I pretty much want to read everything Walton has written. So excited that you enjoyed this. And while I really enjoyed Sliding Doors, I bet this version is better 🙂

  9. bybee says:

    I’m intrigued.

  10. Lu says:

    I adore the premise of this and I’ve been meaning to read Jo Walton for ages.

  11. Megan says:

    This one sounds really good. I will be on the lookout for a copy!

  12. stacybuckeye says:

    Looks interesting. Addiing it to my wish list!

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