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"From the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author of How to be both: a breathtakingly inventive new novel--about aging, time, love, and stories themselves--that launches an extraordinary quartet of books called Seasonal. Readers love Ali Smith's novels for their peerless innovation and their joyful celebration of language and life. Her newest, Autumn, has all of these qualities in spades, and--good news for fans!--is the first installment in a quartet. Seasonal, comprised of four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as are the seasons), explores what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative. Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy, and the color hit of Pop Art, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. It is autumn: season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Daniel is 100 years-old; death is never far away. His granddaughter Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever, while love is won, love is lost.
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2017]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781101870730
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 19, 2017

One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017

GSPLjodie Dec 12, 2017

An immersive and intriguing read. I think I will need to read it again to fully appreciate the many storylines.

Dec 02, 2017

On NYT Ten Best Books of 2017 list.

Sep 23, 2017

This is the first installament of what she intends to be her Seasonal quartet. It is a meditation on aging, art, love, friendship, sexism. she is a wonderful wordsmith using wonderful prose and wordplay and puns. The characters are Daniel who in autumn of 2016 is 100 years old and Elizabeth who is 34 an unlikely friendship.

May 30, 2017

Sensitive, imaginative, bumpy at times. This novel invites elements of art history, literature, love, and rebellion all taking place during main character's renovation of old rundown house.

Feb 21, 2017

This is a novel to be read slowly and savoured at its many levels. It is about post-Brexit England. It is about the long friendship between a woman and a man she first met as a young child and who opened up her life and introduced her to art, including the amazing work of Pauline Boty. It is about time and its many aspects. It is about autumn. The first book of a Seasonal Quartet.


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