The Accidental by Ali Smith

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The Accidental is the dizzyingly entertaining, wickedly humorous story of a mysterious stranger whose sudden appearance during a family’s summer holiday transforms four variously unhappy people. Each of the Smarts–parents Eve and Michael, son Magnus, and the youngest, daughter Astrid–encounter Amber in his or her own solipsistic way, but somehow her presence allows them to se their lives (and their life together) in a new light. Smith’s exhilarating facility with language, her narrative freedom, and her chromatic wordplay propel the novel to its startling, wonderfully enigmatic conclusion.Ali Smith’s acclaimed novel won the prestigious Whitbread Award and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.


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About Ali Smith

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ALI SMITH is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including the novel Hotel World, which was short-listed for both the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize and won the Encore Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award, and The Accidental, which won the Whitbread Award and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the 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, Smith lives in Cambridge, England.
 
Published April 10, 2007 by Anchor. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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In Ali Smith's dynamic if flawed new novel, a stranger appears at a country house and insinuates herself into the family's daily routines.

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The New York Times

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In Ali Smith's novel, a mysterious guest throws a family into chaos.

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Publishers Weekly

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While the Smarts are a happy, prosperous British family on the surface, underneath they are as friable as a Balkan republic. Eve suffers from a block about writing yet another of her popular Genuin

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BC Books

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Wordplay in a Time of War: Examines British consciousness in the wake of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

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AV Club

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An unexpected visitor serves as a catalyst for a family in crisis in this stream-of-consciousness novel.

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Fiction Vixen

Gavin remembers Noelle by her scent and finds her the next day at a ball.

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Newsday 4 of 5 Stars"The Accidental is … the work of a confident writer who’s wholly uninterested in impressing her readers, preferring to pay them the ultimate compliment of simply engaging them."

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