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The accidental
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Published:
New York : Pantheon Books, 2005.
Format:
Book
Edition:
1st American ed.
Physical Desc:
305 pages : ill ; 22 cm.
Status:
Green Hills - Adult Fiction
Fiction Smith
Main Library - Adult Fiction
Fiction Smith
Description
A finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award, 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.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
0375422250
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APA Citation (style guide)

Smith, A. (2005). The accidental. 1st American ed. New York: Pantheon Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Smith, Ali, 1962-. 2005. The Accidental. New York: Pantheon Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Smith, Ali, 1962-, The Accidental. New York: Pantheon Books, 2005.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Smith, Ali. The Accidental. 1st American ed. New York: Pantheon Books, 2005. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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