This year I have just finished a book which I was recommended by a friend. It is A God in Ruins and the title comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson - A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.
It is rare that I call a book magnificent. This is one of them. This is a companion to her earlier title, Life After Life - the story of Ursula, Teddy's sister. I have not read that, and I probably won't (only because there are just too many books on my shelves), but even the author says that it is not necessary to read Ursula's story first, or at all. Whatever you decide, I can recommend this one.