There But for the
by Ali Smith (9780375424090)

There But for the
 
Ali Smith
Release Date: 06 September 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 236
Category: Literary
Publisher: Pantheon Books
ISBN: 9780375424090
ISBN-10: 0375424091



From the award-winning author of "Hotel World" and "The Accidental," a dazzling, funny, and wonderfully exhilarating new novel.

At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. An eclectic group of neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and the story of Miles is told from the points of view of four of them: Anna, a woman in her forties, Mark, a man in his sixties, May, a woman in her eighties, and a ten-year-old named Brooke. The thing is, none of these people knows Miles more than slightly. So how much is it possible for us to know about a stranger? And what are the consequences of even the most casual, fleeting moments we share every day with one another?

Brilliantly audacious, disarmingly playful, full of Smith's trademark wit and puns, "There But For The" is a deft exploration of the human need for separation--from our pasts and from one another--and the redemptive possibilities for connections. It is a tour de force by one of our finest writers.

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"Quirky, intricately put together. . . . A book about loss and retention: about what we forget and what we remember, about the people who pass through our lives and what bits of them cling to our consciousness. . . . Ms. Smith is brilliant at leaving things out and forcing the reader to make connections, so that, for example, the remaining words of the title phrase ('grace of God go I') go without saying. . . . Language here also proves itself to be dense and referential, capable of making unexpected connections and of imprinting itself feelingly on the mind in a phrase, a rhyme, a snatch of song lyric." -Charles McGrath, "The New York Times"


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