Autumn

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

A NEW YORK TIMES AND GUARDIAN BEST BOOK OF 2017


From the 2015 Baileys Prize-winning author of How to Be Both: An unconventional love story playing across the boundaries of time and history. . .

The first of four novels in a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories. Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy and the colour-hit of Pop Art—via a bit of very contemporary skulduggery and skull-diggery—Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture, and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means. Autumn is part of the quartet Seasonal: four stand-alone novels, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are), exploring what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative.

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User Review  - steve02476 - LibraryThing

A little more modern writing than I’m used to, but I liked it quite a bit. A lot of humor and puns, always appreciated by this reader. I’ll be taking a look at her next book! Read full review

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User Review  - Castlelass - LibraryThing

Collages are brought up repeatedly in Autumn, and this book reminds me of a “written collage,” including an atypical combination of topics as Brexit, the dreamscapes of a dying man, an unlikely ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

ALI SMITH is the author of many works of fiction, including, most recently, Summer, Spring, Winter, Autumn, Public Library and Other Stories, and How to be both, which won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Costa Novel of the Year Award. Her work has been shortlisted four times for the Booker Prize. Most recently, she won the George Orwell Prize for Fiction for Summer. Born in Inverness, Scotland, she lives in Cambridge, England.

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