Like by Ali Smith
A Novel

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When we meet Amy Shone, she is a young parent struggling to raise Kate, a precocious eight-year-old. Amy is an enigma-a brilliant scholar who has forgotten how to read. She is estranged from her wealthy English parents and lives a nomadic life in Scotland, dragging Kate from one school to the next, barely scraping by. And then there is Ash, a fiery Scottish actresss who cannot shake her demons-chief among them an unrequited passion for Amy that has obsessed her ever since they met as teenagers. Like is the story of two parallel lives that intersect briefly, then diverge. It is also a timeless evocation of adolescence and its agonizing anticipations, its contradictory yearnings for freedom and safety, its blind quest for mastery over pleasure and pain. Deftly constructed, passionately imagined, Like is a remarkably mature debut for a powerful young talent.

About Ali Smith

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Ali Smith is a writer, born in 1962 in Inverness, Scotland, to working-class parents. She was raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge. She studied at Aberdeen, and then at Cambridge, for a Ph.D. that was never finished. In a 2004 interview with writing magazine Mslexia, she talked briefly about the difficulty of becoming ill with chronic fatigue syndrome and how it forced her to give up her job as a lecturer at University of Strathclyde to focus on what she really wanted to do: writing. Openly gay, she has been with her partner Sarah Wood for 20 years.
Published July 3, 1997 by Virago Press Ltd. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There aren’t many connected themes in the collection, aside from quite a few instances of brotherly competition and hostility — the book is dedicated to Shepard’s brother, which feels a bit like “Hamlet” being dedicated to Uncle Claudius — and what connections you find feel like those you’d notic...

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The first section, alternately narrated by Amy Shone and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Kate, contains sharp-eyed observations of the unconventional relationship of mother and daughter, who live as itinerants in a caravan park in Scotland.

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BC Books

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The book market is flooded with how-to books on getting published.

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Suite 101

Four sisters - and one sister-in-law - discover love as they try to protect their family legacy from a ruthless killer.

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The Bookbag

There was one - Quiz no 16 - which left me completely confused and even when I looked at the explanation (yes - I know...) I felt that there was some information which had been kept from us and that even then there was more than one correct answer.

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Honoria plays the violin — badly, and she knows it — while her cousin Daisy also plays the violin, but even worse than Honoria.

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The South African

And got away with it, more rather than less.” Post-apartheid South Africa (and the rights they’ve fought for) mean they can live together openly and move to the Suburb, have a family and start to deal with the day-to-day realities of the New South Africa.

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