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The Accidental Arresting and wonderful, The Accidental pans in on the Norfolk holiday home of the Smart family one hot summer There, a beguiling stranger called Amber appears at the door bearing all sorts of unexpected gifts, trampling over family boundaries and sending each of the Smarts scurrying from the dark into the lightA novel about the ways that seemingly chance encounters irrevocably transform our understanding of ourselves, The Accidental explores the nature of truth, the role of fate and the power of storytelling

About the Author: Ali Smith

Ali Smith is a writer, born in Inverness, Scotland, to working class parents She was raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge She studied at Aberdeen, and then at Cambridge, for a Ph.D that was never finished In a 2004 interview with writing magazine Mslexia, she talked briefly about the difficulty of becoming ill with chronic fatigue syndrome for a year and how it forced her to give up her job as a lecturer at University of Strathclyde to focus on what she really wanted to do writing She has been with her partner Sarah Wood for 17 years and dedicates all her books to her.

10 thoughts on “The Accidental

  1. says:

    I really enjoyed Ali Smith s How to be Both this one for me washit and miss A dysfunctional or normal family pretty much the same thing nowadays rents a holiday home in Norfolk One day a mysterious stranger, a woman called Amber, arrives and ends up mov

  2. says:

    I feel like there was an age, or it IS that age, where writers love to explore with much keenness the family unit, for it is the perfect structure with which to scrutinize its individual parts The Corrections, White Teeth, The Red House, the list is almost infin

  3. says:

    This was a fun and surprising read with lots of scintillating wonders in its delivery and content It falls into the box of experimental writing , but it flows along so fast and spritely compared to many a turgid, self important postmodern of doorstop dimensions Ali s ope

  4. says:

    I cannot believe this book is on the 1001 books list Do the people who write the list not like people who read books any Why would they punish us so 1001 list writers, once again I question you Why I didn t enjoy reading it and to say I found the story a pointless and unrewarding

  5. says:

    I don t relish giving a book one star, but The Accidental was the rare book that I found so unreadable that I couldn t even finish it The writing style was very affected and intentionally obtuse, making the book unpleasant and difficult to read The characters were whiny and self involved

  6. says:

    A flat out triumph of structure, style, shifting narrative voices, rhythm and language A pitch perfect technical masterpiece Split into three components the beginning, the middle and the end the story moves between four perspectives daughter, son, father, mother Each section describes various even

  7. says:

    I adore Ali Smith s Seasonal books, looking forward to them every year The Accidental is my first foray into Smith s backlist, and it did not disappoint.It is so interesting to compare this novel, publishedthan a decade earlier, to her later ones Smith s signature wordplay and exuberant style is all there

  8. says:

    This started off really good But it just died on me I found it got really boring Did not finish

  9. says:

    The stranger who arrives in mysterious circumstances and turns a household on its ear may be familiar literary trope, but Ali Smith does it with such panache and vivacity, the familiar becomes fresh and revelatory The Accidental shows the rusted and broken bits inside the moral compass of the Smarts, a bourgeois British fam

  10. says:

    This was phenomenal Skillfully structured, beautifully written, with a story that kept me flipping pages past my bedtime The story is told from four different POVs with a stream of consciousness bent and occasional experimental flare, as in the segment narrated in poetry by the serially philandering husband step father English profe

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