A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.
Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them.
The Versions of Us explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life.
I was intrigued by the concept of the book and interested to see how the version of Jim and Eva's lives would play out and whether there were any similarities and similar events throughout them and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were some shared events across all three just with varying degrees of success and interaction. With the nature of the book we see these events occurring one after another and I loved seeing the differences which in some cases (particularly in the version Eva and Jim never met properly) how differently they play out.