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The First Person and Other Stories: Book summary and reviews of The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith
The First Person and Other Stories Summary
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 fetid misdelivered package throws the life of a couple into disarray. A boys mysterious illness in "I Know Something You Dont Know" drives his mother to seek guidance from homeopathic healers, with inconclusive results. In The Child,an unnervingly mature young boy voices offensive humor that genteel society would rather not acknowledge. And a woman meets her fourteen-year-old self but cant figure out how to guide her--or even whether she should in "Writ."
The First Person and Other Stories Reviews
"At once quirky and compulsively readable, this collection puts a layered and enjoyable spin on the many forms of the short story." - Publishers Weekly.
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Ali Smith Author Biography
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. Her first book, Free Love and Other Stories, won the Saltire First Book Award. Her other short story collections are Other Stories And Other Stories (1999), The Whole Story and Other Stories (2003) and The First Person and Other Stories. Her novels include: Like (1997); Hotel World (2001), which won the Encore Award, the East England Arts Award of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award in 2002; The Accidental (2005), winner of the Whitbread Novel Award; and her latest There but for the which was published by Hamish Hamilton in 2011. Ali Smith also writes for the Guardian, the Scotsman and The Times Literary Supplement.
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