The First Person And Other Stories

The First Person And Other Stories

Book - 2009
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In these energetic, exhilarating stories, Ali Smith portrays a world of everyday dislocation, where people nevertheless find connection, mystery, and love. In "Astute Fiery Luxurious," a misdelivered package throws the life of a couple into disarray. A boy's unexplained illness in "I Know Something You Don't Know" drives his mother to seek guidance from homeopathic healers, with inconclusive results. In "The Child," an unnervingly mature young boy voices offensive humour that genteel society would rather not acknowledge. And a confident older woman meets her awkward fourteen-year-old self in "Writ" but can't figure out how to guide her--or even whether she should.

As Smith explores the subtle links between what we know and what we feel, she creates an exuberant, masterly collection that is packed full of ideas, humour, nuance, and compassion. Ali Smith and the short story are made for each other.

Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton Canada, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670069118
0670069116
Characteristics: 206 p. ; 23 cm.

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May 01, 2012

Short stories. Some were very funny. Quirky. Good.

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