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The second novel in the Man Booker Prize-nominated author's Seasonal cycle; the much-anticipated follow-up to Autumn (a New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Financial Times, The Guardian, Southern Living, and Kirkus Reviews best book of the year). Winter. Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. And now Art's mother is seeing things. Come to think of it, Art's seeing things himself. When four people, strangers and family, converge on a fifteen-bedroom house in Cornwall for Christmas, will there be enough room for everyone? Winter. It makes things visible. Ali Smith's shapeshifting Winter casts a warm, wise, merry and uncompromising eye over a post-truth era in a story rooted in history and memory and with a taproot deep in the evergreens, art and love.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101870754
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 22, 2018

For me, it takes a bit of rumination after finishing an Ali Smith book for the details to sink in.

Ali Smith is a thoroughly contemporary writer. Her viewpoint is unique and the way that she structures a story might seem conventional, yet there is something about how the characters are developed through a sort of time travel that in the end becomes very satisfying.

This is a book about our times, our restlessness, our not paying attention while we think we are paying attention, helplessness, hopelessness, infuriating sisters, a mother who keeps secrets from her son... and in the end, us, how we have become complicit in our time and therefore, maybe our future.

Jun 01, 2018

I enjoyed the interesting characters, references to recent events as well as classic literature, and learning about an artist I hadn't heard of (Barbara Hepworth). In other words, it's a lot like "Autumn" although the stories are unconnected.

Feb 13, 2018

This is the third Ali Smith book that I have read. I'm drawn to her language and style and stories. I enjoyed this novel, and read it quickly.

Feb 05, 2018

Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", Shakespeare's "Cymbeline", Barbara Hepworth, estranged sisters, Greenham Common ... relationships, the present day, the past, the future. An engaging and interesting book indeed.

Jan 09, 2018

Winter is the second of Ali Smith's seasonal quartet. I have not yet read Autumn and therefore will not be comparing the two novels. What stood out was the cadence of the prose in Winter. It reads like a long poem, without chapters to frame the story. The four characters in the book spend the Christmas holidays together under the same roof. The diverse group is made up of Arthur, his mother, his mother's sister and a woman Arthur has hired to pretend to be his girlfriend. For the most part, it appears that they are not enjoying each other's company and friction often accompanies their conversations about politics, relationships, art. I am intrigued with what the next season will bring.


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