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The accidental

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This edition was published in by Pantheon Books in New York.

Written in English

306 pages

Winner of the Whitbread Award for best novel and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, "The Accidental" is the virtuoso new novel by the singularly gifted Ali Smith. Jonathan Safran Foer has called her writing "thrilling." Jeanette Winterson has praised her for her "style, ideas, and punch." Here, in a novel at once profound, playful, and exhilaratingly inventive, she transfixes us with a portrait of a family unraveled by a mysterious visitor.

Amber--thirtysomething and barefoot--shows up at the door of the Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer. She talks her way in. She tells nothing but lies. She stays for dinner.

Eve Smart, the author of a best-selling series of biographical reconstructions, thinks Amber is a student with whom her husband, Michael, is sleeping. Michael, an English professor, knows only that her car broke down. Daughter Astrid, age twelve, thinks she's her mother's friend. Son Magnus, age seventeen, thinks she's an angel.

As Amber insinuates herself into the family, the questions of who she is and how she's come to be there drop away. Instead, dazzled by her seeming exoticism, the Smarts begin to examine the accidents of their lives through the searing lens of Amber's perceptions. When Eve finally banishes her from the cottage, Amber disappears from their sight, but not--they discover when they return home to London--from their profoundly altered lives.

Fearlessly intelligent and written with an irresistible blend of lyricism and whimsy, "The Accidental" is a tour de force of literary improvisation that explores the nature of truth, the role of chance, and the transformative power of storytelling.
(front flap)

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The Accidental

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Work Description

The Accidental is a 2005 novel by Scottish author Ali Smith. It follows a middle-class English family who are visited by an uninvited guest, Amber, while they are on holiday in a small village in Norfolk. Amber's arrival has a profound effect on all the family members. Eventually she is cast out the house by the mother, Eve. But the consequences of her appearance continue even after the family has returned home to London.

The novel was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Man Booker Prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and it won the Whitbread Award.

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Dewey 823/.914

The accidental

First American Edition (1)

This edition was published in by Pantheon Books in New York.


Edition Description

Winner of the Whitbread Award for best novel and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, "The Accidental" is the virtuoso new novel by the singularly gifted Ali Smith. Jonathan Safran Foer has called her writing "thrilling." Jeanette Winterson has praised her for her "style, ideas, and punch." Here, in a novel at once profound, playful, and exhilaratingly inventive, she transfixes us with a portrait of a family unraveled by a mysterious visitor.

Amber--thirtysomething and barefoot--shows up at the door of the Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer. She talks her way in. She tells nothing but lies. She stays for dinner.

Eve Smart, the author of a best-selling series of biographical reconstructions, thinks Amber is a student with whom her husband, Michael, is sleeping. Michael, an English professor, knows only that her car broke down. Daughter Astrid, age twelve, thinks she's her mother's friend. Son Magnus, age seventeen, thinks she's an angel.

As Amber insinuates herself into the family, the questions of who she is and how she's come to be there drop away. Instead, dazzled by her seeming exoticism, the Smarts begin to examine the accidents of their lives through the searing lens of Amber's perceptions. When Eve finally banishes her from the cottage, Amber disappears from their sight, but not--they discover when they return home to London--from their profoundly altered lives.

Fearlessly intelligent and written with an irresistible blend of lyricism and whimsy, "The Accidental" is a tour de force of literary improvisation that explores the nature of truth, the role of chance, and the transformative power of storytelling.
(front flap)

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction.
Copyright Date
2005

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
823/.914
Library of Congress
PR6069.M4213 A64 2005

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
305 p. :
Number of pages
306

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL22377418M
Internet Archive
accidental0000smit
ISBN 10
0375422250
ISBN 13
9780375422256
LC Control Number
2005051031
Library Thing
45474
Goodreads
58725316

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