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"The first of four novels in a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories. Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy and the colour-hit of Pop Art--via a bit of very contemporary skulduggery and skull-diggery--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. Autumn is part of the quartet Seasonal: four stand-alone novels, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are), exploring what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Hamish Hamilton, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780670070039
Branch Call Number: FIC SMITH
Characteristics: 264 pages


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Apr 07, 2018

Smith explores inter-generational friendship, end-of life, mother-daughter relationships, art history and being female in post-Brexit England. She also acquaints the reader with recently
re-discovered 1970's poster artist Pauline Bott. Although not my favorite read; a book group discussion enhanced my appreciation.

GSPLjodie Dec 12, 2017

An immersive and intriguing read. I think I will need to read it again to fully appreciate the many storylines.

Dec 02, 2017

On NYT Ten Best Books of 2017 list.

Sep 23, 2017

This is the first installament of what she intends to be her Seasonal quartet. It is a meditation on aging, art, love, friendship, sexism. she is a wonderful wordsmith using wonderful prose and wordplay and puns. The characters are Daniel who in autumn of 2016 is 100 years old and Elizabeth who is 34 an unlikely friendship.

May 30, 2017

Sensitive, imaginative, bumpy at times. This novel invites elements of art history, literature, love, and rebellion all taking place during main character's renovation of old rundown house.

Mar 15, 2017

A lovely book in which not much happens while at the same time quite a lot happens. Not exactly the post-Brexit novel but definitely takes place after the vote and addresses immigration and belonging as well as identity and protest. Fairly typical Ali Smith.

Feb 21, 2017

This is a novel to be read slowly and savoured at its many levels. It is about post-Brexit England. It is about the long friendship between a woman and a man she first met as a young child and who opened up her life and introduced her to art, including the amazing work of Pauline Boty. It is about time and its many aspects. It is about autumn. The first book of a Seasonal Quartet.

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