Category: Book
By (author): Smith, Ali
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / Cultural Heritage
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: February 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 8.25in x 5.25in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*From the Man Booker–shortlisted and Baileys Prize–winning author of How to be both: a breathtakingly inventive new novel-about aging, time, love, and stories themselves-that launches an extraordinary quartet of books called Seasonal.
Readers love Ali Smith's novels for their peerless innovation and their joyful celebration of language and life. Her newest, Autumn, has all of these qualities in spades, and-good news for fans!-is the first installment in a quartet. Seasonal, comprised of four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as are the seasons), explores what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative. Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy, and the color hit of Pop Art, Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means.
Review Quote*"Impressionistic and intricate…I can think of few writers - Virginia Woolf is one, James Salter another - so able to propel a narrative through voice alone…Autumn, for all its braininess, is never difficult. Smith feels like a genial guide leading us through a torrent of ideas - about art, history, literature, feminism, memory. This is a novel that works by accretion, appearing light and playful, surface-dwelling, while all the time enacting profound changes on the reader's heart."-Financial Times
"Already acknowledged as one of the most inventive novelists writing in Britain today, with her new novel, Autumn, Ali Smith also proves herself to be one of the country's foremost chroniclers, her finger firmly on the social and political pulse."-The Independent
"Smith's work sparkles so much that one can be blinded to the fact that its intelligence, wit, sincerity and generosity is hard-earned and technically sophisticated…Smith straddles the elegiac and the celebratory throughout this glorious novel. It manages to be both pertinent and perpetual; in her own words she can ‘bagatelle it as it is'."-The Scotsman
"A poignant and subtle exploration of the way we experience time…Autumn is a beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities; the "endless sad fragility" of mortal lives."-The Guardian
"In a world that seems to be crumbling around us, thank goodness we've still got Ali Smith telling us stories about it."-The Pool
"The material is incredibly well handled, and it is certainly one of her very best books to date; perhaps the very best, in fact....The novel's wordplay is exhilarating.  Autumn is a triumph; compulsive and compelling, timely and timeless. It is a wonderful, wondrous book. When I reached the all too brief end, I was tempted to go right back to the beginning and read it all over again."-The Literary Sisters
"To describe Ali Smith's new book Autumn as the "first post-Brexit" novel, with all the connotations of knee-jerk worthiness that evokes, is to do it a disservice. Though the book is set soon after the Leave vote, and captures the prevailing mood of uncertainty, it is less a dissection of contemporary politics than a free-floating meditation on time, memory and the transience of existence, in which ideas swirl round like fallen leaves."-The National

"Autumn is an exploration of aging, time, memory and the enduring power of love…transcendent."-Sunday Times
"It's hard to think of another contemporary writer so adept at splicing the ordinary and the marvellous."-Observer
‘‘It is undoubtedly Smith at her best…this book sets Smith's complex creative character in stone: puckish yet elegant, angry but comforting.  Long may she remain that way." -The Times
"Autumn is humorous and heart-warming, with skilful movement between time frames…"-Stylist
"In a country apparently divided against itself, a writer such as Smith is more valuable than a whole parliament of politicians."-Financial Times
"A masterclass in storytelling…Smith touches on the burning issues of the present day… an engaging and devastatingly relevant read at a time when nothing is certain…Smith's beautifully written exploration of time and changing seasons will no doubt attract a legion of fans, who will eagerly await its sequel"-Stylist
"As Ali Smith joins the dots a richly layered portrait of contemporary Britain starts to emerge."-Mail on Sunday
"Outstanding snapshot of a country- in fact, a world- seemingly locked in a nightmarish spiral of intolerance, fear and suspicion…a beautiful meditation on how uneasy a powerless life can feel… Winter can't come soon enough. Smith is at the very peak of her powers"-The National

"Autumn triumphantly shows how our stories don't belong to us alone but are part of a larger narrative of humanity and the time we live in." –Lonesome Reader
Biographical NoteALI SMITH is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Other Stories and Other Stories, Hotel World, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy, The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful, How to be both, and Public library and other stories. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. The author lives in Cambridge.