Discover the unforgettable finale to Ali Smith’s dazzling literary tour-de-force
In the present, Sacha knows the world’s in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile the world’s in meltdown – and the real meltdown hasn’t even started yet. In the past, a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they’re living on borrowed time.
This is a story about people on the brink of change. They’re family, but they think they’re strangers. So: where does family begin? And what do people who think they’ve got nothing in common have in common?
‘Smith’s seasonal quartet of novels is a bold and brilliant experiment’ Independent
‘The novel’s hopeful message about the healing power of friendship ensures the quartet ends on a feel-good note’ Sunday Times
An astonishing finale to a prescient series . . . Ali Smith brilliantly weaves strands of joy and celebration to end her Seasonal Quartet * Evening Standard * The first great coronavirus novel - a book to savour, a literary tour de force that captures the nation's psyche exquisitely * Evening Standard * This singular writer has found her moment * Prospect * A maestra's portrait of her age. . . remarkable * Guardian * Few writers today can make a more compelling claim to singularity of innovation and sustained brilliance * TLS * The bravura performance of a writer, poised at the edge of the day's vast darkness, gathering all the warmth and light of our inner summer * The Washington Post * Smith bring[s] this brilliant quartet to a satisfying close * NPR * The final flourish of a mazy and beautiful quartet * Telegraph * Sublime * The Boston Globe * Brilliant * The Scotsman * The novel's hopeful message about the healing power of friendship ensures the quartet ends on a feel-good note * Sunday Times * A remarkable experiment with timeliness in fiction * Literary Review *
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