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WHITBREAD AWARD WINNER

and a Man Booker Prize, Orange Prize, and James Tait Black Memorial Prize Finalist

“Astonishing. . . . Vivid and affecting. . . . Wonderfully supple, jazzy.”

—The New York Times

The introduction, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your groups discussion of Ali Smiths extraordinary novel, The Accidental, winner of Britains prestigious Whitbread award.

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ISBN:
9781400032181
Author:
Smith, Ali
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;family;novel;british;england;contemporary fiction;21st century;contemporary;literary fiction;norfolk;uk;2000s;adolescence;experimental;stranger;whitbread;scotland;relationships;booker prize shortlist;literature;orange prize shortlist;english;adult
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x 0.66 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 320 pages Anchor Books - English 9781400032181 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The Accidental is the dizzyingly entertaining, wickedly humorous story of a mysterious stranger whose sudden appearance during a familys summer holiday transforms four variously unhappy people. Each of the Smarts-parents Eve and Michael, son Magnus, and the youngest, daughter Astrid-encounter Amber in his or her own solipsistic way, but somehow her presence allows them to se their lives (and their life together) in a new light. Smiths exhilarating facility with language, her narrative freedom, and her chromatic wordplay propel the novel to its startling, wonderfully enigmatic conclusion.Ali Smiths acclaimed novel won the prestigious Whitbread Award and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
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