Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Accidental by Ali Smith

When the Smart's mistakenly invites Amber, who has appeared on their doorstep, into their home as a guest the whole fabric of this rather fragile family starts to fray. By the time Eve, the mother, finally throws Amber out of the house the family relationships are changed in profound ways.

This one is heading right to the top of my favorites list. Days after reading this I am still thinking about the inventiveness of the voices and unusual ways that the author plays with words. The first few pages are a bit baffling but stick with it and you will be rewarded by the way the author ties everything together by the end of the novel.

Added 6/24/2006 - Well pooh! My committee members didn't like this nearly as much as I did....

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