The book is structured as a series of stories which cover times in the lives of a variety of different character. Initially it seems as though they are not related, and then you see Pippa turning up everywhere. It feels as though this is really the story of Pippa but told often almost in the periphery.
I really disliked this book for the first third or so. I didn’t like the characters, I couldn’t see the point. And then something clicked, and I couldn’t put it down. I got sucked into the world, I wanted to know whose story was next and how it related. And while I still didn’t like Pippa, I wanted to know everything.
The Life to Come was a finalist for the 2018 Stella Prize.