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Read online The Accidental.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Accidental Winner of the Whitbread Award for best novel and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize i The Accidental i is the virtuoso new novel by the singularly gifted Ali Smith Jonathan Safran Foer has called her writing thrilling Jeanette Winterson has praised her for her style ideas and punch Here in a novel at once profound playful and exhilaratingly inventive she transfixes us with a portrait of a family unraveled by a mysterious visitor .

Amber thirtysomething and barefoot shows up at the door of the Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer She talks her way in She tells nothing but lies She stays for dinner .

Eve Smart the author of a best selling series of biographical reconstructions thinks Amber is a student with whom her husband Michael is sleeping Michael an English professor knows only that her car broke down Daughter Astrid age twelve thinks she s her mother s friend Son Magnus age seventeen thinks she s an angel .

As Amber insinuates herself into the family the questions of who she is and how she s come to be there drop away Instead dazzled by her seeming exoticism the Smarts begin to examine the accidents of their lives through the searing lens of Amber s perceptions When Eve finally banishes her from the cottage Amber disappears from their sight but not they discover when they return home to London from their profoundly altered lives .

Fearlessly intelligent and written with an irresistible blend of lyricism and whimsy i The Accidental i is a tour de force of literary improvisation that explores the nature of truth the role of chance and the transformative power of storytelling by Ali Smith

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The Accidental
Title:The Accidental
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ISBN:1400032180
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Number of Pages:306
Category:Fiction, Contemporary, Literary fiction
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