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The accidental

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Barefoot, thirty-something Amber shows up at the door of a Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer, insinuating herself into their family. Dazzled by her seeming exoticism, the Smarts begin to examine the accidents of their lives under the searing lens of Amber's perceptions. When the mother Eve finally banishes her from the cottage, Amber disappears from their sight, but not-as they find when they return home to London-from their profoundly altered lives. Fearlessly intelligent, disarmingly playful, The Accidental is a Joycean tour-de-force of literary improvisation that explores the nature of truth, the role of chance, and the transformative power of storytelling.
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Filled with Ali Smith's trademark wordplay and inventive storytelling, here 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 Smartsparents Eve and Michael, son Magnus, and the youngest, daughter Astridencounter 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 narrative freedom and exhilarating facility with language propel the novel to its startling, wonderfully enigmatic conclusion.

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subject_facet Norfolk (England) -- Fiction, Strangers -- Fiction, Summer resorts -- Fiction, Truthfulness and falsehood -- Fiction, Women biographers -- Fiction
title_display The accidental
title_full The Accidental, The accidental / Ali Smith, The accidental [electronic resource] / Ali Smith
title_short The accidental
topic_facet Fiction, Humor (Fiction), Literature, Strangers, Summer resorts, Truthfulness and falsehood, Women biographers