Winter by Ali Smith
A Novel (Seasonal Quartet)

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Each novel will give her a new chance to inspect her preoccupations in a different light. In “Winter,” the light inside this great novelist’s gorgeous snow globe is utterly original, and it definitely illuminates.
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From the Man Booker–short-listed and Baileys Women's Prize-winning author of How to be both, the highly anticipated second novel in the acclaimed Seasonal series, which both continues the arc of the series and is also an extraordinary stand-alone read.

In Winter, life force matches up to the toughest of the seasons. In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to Ali Smith's sensational Autumn, Smith's shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory, and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter.

It's the season that teaches us survival.

Here comes Winter.
 

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 January 9, 2018 by Pantheon. 336 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Nov 13 2017

Though the first two can be read separately, Smith has also forged intriguing links between them from history and current events, including fences and protests, female visual artists, and the fallout from Brexit. A sprightly, digressive, intriguing fandango on life and time.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Ellen Akins on Jan 05 2018

As in Sophia’s case, for Art this enlargement is announced by a hallucination — “not a real thing,” as Lux tells Iris, whose response speaks for the book’s own expansive spirit: “Where would we be without our ability to see beyond what it is we’re supposed to be seeing?”

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Meg Wolitzer on Jan 19 2018

Each novel will give her a new chance to inspect her preoccupations in a different light. In “Winter,” the light inside this great novelist’s gorgeous snow globe is utterly original, and it definitely illuminates.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Jan 08 2018

Smith does not wear her politics as lightly in “Winter” as she did in “Autumn.” There is perhaps one speech too many about how we are all in this world together. This novel takes more patience than did “Autumn”; it’s slower to rake its themes into a coherent pile. My advice: Read it anyway.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Alexandra Harris on Oct 27 2017

Little is resolved at the end, but the novel works through correspondences that jump across bounds and make accord between unlike things. Leaping, laughing, sad, generous and winter-wise, this is a thing of grace.

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Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Jan 10 2018

Ali Smith is flat-out brilliant, and she's on fire these days...certainly heightens our curiosity about the next two installments of her quartet.

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