Autumn

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Penguin Canada, Feb 7, 2017 - Fiction - 208 pages
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

A NEW YORK TIMES AND GUARDIAN BEST BOOK OF 2017


Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That’s what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdon is in pieces, divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.
     Ali Smith’s new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. It is the first installment of her Seasonal quartet—four stand-alone books, seperate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are)—and it casts an eye over our own time. Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d’esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art: the centuries cast their eyes over our own history making. 
     Here’s where we’re living. Here’s time at its more contemporaneous and its most cyclic.
     From the imagination of the peerless Ali Smith comes a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, a story about aging and time and love and stories themselves.

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User Review  - strandbooks - LibraryThing

I don’t know how to rate this one. It is set in Britain and follows a small group of characters mainly focusing on a man who is 101 and a girl in her 20s who have been neighbors/friends for years. It ... Read full review

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User Review  - Citizenjoyce - LibraryThing

Autumn by Ali Smith starts with the thoughts of a dying man. I almost gave it up then. I didn't think I could take a whole novel of that kind of stream of consciousness, but it goes on to an actual ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

ALI SMITH is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Other Stories and Other Stories, Hotel World, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy, The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful, How to be both, and Public library and other stories. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. The author lives in Cambridge.

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