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The Whole Story and Other Storiesby Ali Smith
Synopses & Reviews
From the critically acclaimed author of Hotel World comes a collection of uniquely inventive stories that thread the labyrinth of coincidence, chance, and connections missed and made.
What happens when you run into Death in a busy train station? (You know he’s Death because when he smiles, your cell phone goes dead.) What if your lover falls in love with a tree? Should you be jealous? From the woman pursued by a band of bagpipers in full regalia to the artist who’s built a seven-foot boat out of secondhand copies of The Great Gatsby, Smith’s characters are offbeat, charming, sexy, and as wonderfully complex as life itself.
An inventive collection of short fiction by the author of the acclaimed Hotel World explores the complex web of coincidence, chance, and connections missed and made in life. capturing the offbeat world of such colorful characters as the artist who builds a boat out of secondhand copies of The Great Gatsby. Original. 35,000 first printing.
About the Author
\Ali Smith is the author of Hotel World, which was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize in 2001 and won the Encore Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award in 2002. Her first collection of stories, Free Love, won the Saltire First Book Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award. Born in Inverness, Scotland, in 1962, Smith now lives in Cambridge, England.
Table of Contents
The universal story — Gothic — Being quick — May — Paradise — Erosive — The book club — Believe me — Scottish love songs — The shortlist season — The heat of the story — The start of things.
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