In this masterful and exuberant novel, Scottish author Ali Smith brings to life five unforgettable characters and traces their intersecting lives.

Five people: four are living, three are strangers, two are sisters, one is dead. Through her characters’ various stories and voices, Ali Smith delivers a short novel with big themes (time, chance, money, death) but an eye for tiny detail: the taste of dust, the weight of a few coins in the hand, the pleasurable pain of a stone in one's shoe…

The Booker Prize 2001
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Hamish Hamilton
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Ali Smith

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Ali Smith was born in Inverness, Scotland. She is the author of several critically acclaimed and award-winning novels and short stories.
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Other nominated books by Ali Smith

How to Be Both
The Accidental