From the Whitbread Award-winning author of The Accidental and Hotel World comes this stunning collection of stories set in a world of everyday dislocation, where people nevertheless find connection, mystery, and love.
These tales are of ordinary but poignant beauty: at the pub, strangers regale each other with memories of Christmases past; lovers share tales over dinner about how they met, their former lovers, and each other; a woman even tells a story to her fourteen-year-old self.
As Smith explores the subtle links between what we know and what we feel, she creates an exuberant, masterly collection that is packed full of ideas, humor, nuance, and compassion. Ali Smith and the short story are made for each other.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Ali Smith is the author of six previous works of fiction, including the novel Hotel World, which was short-listed for both the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize in 2001 and won the Encore Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award in 2002, and The Accidental, which won the Whitbread Award in 2005 and was short-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize and the 2006 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her story collections include Free Love, which won a Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award, and The Whole Story and Other Stories. Born in Inverness, Scotland, in 1962, Smith now lives in Cambridge, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just discovered this book by accident on the "new books" shelf at our local library. I was blown away by what an inventive, witty, fantastic writer Ali Smith is! I'd never read any of her work before, and found this introduction to her writing to be incredibly illuminating and exceptionally entertaining. There were one or two stories in this that were just average, but the rest were absolute gems! I especially loved "The Child," which is reminiscent of Irish folklore (not to mention, truly hilarious!), and "Astute Fiery Luxurious" which managed to build an amazing amount of suspense in such a short time. "The First Person" was a perfect jewel of a love story. I'd highly recommend this to anyone!