The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Harry AugustClaire North

First Sentence:     The second cataclysm began in my eleventh life, in 1996.

Back of the book:

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message. It has come down from child to adult, child to adult, passed back through generations from a thousand years forward in time. The message is that the world is ending, and we cannot prevent it. So now it’s up to you.’

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Last Sentence:     Instead, for those few days you have left, you are mortal at last.