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the accidental

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306 pages

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 see their lives (and their life together) in a new light. Smith's exhilarating facility with language, her narrative freedom, her chromatic wordplay propel the novel to its startling, wonderfully enigmatic conclusion.

Ali Smith's acclaimed novel not only won the prestigious Whitbread Award but was also a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

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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

1st Anchor books ed. (1)

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


Edition Description

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 see their lives (and their life together) in a new light. Smith's exhilarating facility with language, her narrative freedom, her chromatic wordplay propel the novel to its startling, wonderfully enigmatic conclusion.

Ali Smith's acclaimed novel not only won the prestigious Whitbread Award but was also a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

(back cover)

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction.
Copyright Date
2005

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Library of Congress
PR6069.M4213 A64 2007

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Format
Paperback
Pagination
305 p. ;
Number of pages
306

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OL22861319M
Internet Archive
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ISBN 10
1400032180
ISBN 13
9781400032181
OCLC/WorldCat
494213603
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1400032180
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Goodreads
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