Fiction Ali Smith How to Be Both

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How to Be Both

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"In this era of extolling genre fiction and the joys of story, Smith's latest novel makes a case for experimental, literary fiction. One half of this daring novel is the mostly conventional tale of a precocious teen struggling with the death of her arty, brilliant mother. George, nEe Georgia, is still living in a kind of stunned stupor. She sees a school counselor but is mostly helped by her first crush, the alluring H, who starts to pull her out of her shell. The other half of the novel is narrated by the disembodied voice of a fifteenth-century painter caught in the wave-laden air of twentieth-century Britain. As the spirit observes the contemporary world, with its "votive tablets" (iPhones), she casts back to her own life disguised as a boy in order to practice her art. Along the way, we learn of a teenager's bratty ways with her smart but sometimes overbearing parents, the power politics of Renaissance Italy, the best places to procure blue pigment, and how everyone, everywhere, must come to terms with the passage of time and the grief of loss. And we learn how to be both: male and female, artist and businessperson, rememberer and forgiver, reader of tales and literary adventurer. Lucky us." --"Booklist" (starred review)
"This adventurous, entertaining writer offers two distinctive takes on youth, art and death--and even two different editions of the book . . . Both are remarkable depictions of the treasures of memory and the rich perceptions and creativity of youth, of how we see what's around us and within us. Comical, insightful and clever, Smith builds a thoughtful fun house with her many dualities and then risks being obvious in her structural mischief, but it adds perhaps the perfect frame to this marvelous diptych." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred)
"Captivating . . . British author Smith ("There but for The"), a playful, highly imaginative literary iconoclast, surpasses her previous efforts in this inventive double novel that deals with gender issues, moral questions, the mystery of death, the value of art, the mutability of time, and several other important topics . . . Smith's two-in-one novel is a provocative reevaluation of the form." --"Publishers Weekly" (boxed, starred)
Early Praise from the UK for "How to be both"
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"Extraordinary . . . Warm, funny, subtle, layered, intelligent . . . Brilliant." --"The Spectator"
"Exuberant, rhapsodic . . . Dizzyingly good and so clever that it makes you want to dance." --"New Statesman"
"Dazzling indeed . . . Smith has written a radical novel, one that becomes two novels, with discrete meanings . . . Those writers making doomy predictions about the death of the novel should read Smith's re-imagined novel/s, and take note of the life it contains." --"The Independent "
"[A] rich, strong and moving novel . . . Ingenious . . . A triumph." --"Financial Times "
"Immensely enjoyable . . . Inventive and playful, compassionate and sagacious . . . Explores the injustices of life but also its delights, including the pleasures of art and the redemptive power of love." --"The Express "
"An heir to Virginia Woolf, Ali Smith subtly but surely reinvents the novel . . . "How to be both" brims with palpable joy, not only at language, literature and art's transformative power but at the messy business of being human, of wanting to be more than one kind of person at once." --"The Telegraph"

"From the Hardcover edition."

In this era of extolling genre fiction and the joys of story, Smith s latest novel makes a case for experimental, literary fiction. One half of this daring novel is the mostly conventional tale of a precocious teen struggling with the death of her arty, brilliant mother. George, nee Georgia, is still living in a kind of stunned stupor. She sees a school counselor but is mostly helped by her first crush, the alluring H, who starts to pull her out of her shell. The other half of the novel is narrated by the disembodied voice of a fifteenth-century painter caught in the wave-laden air of twentieth-century Britain. As the spirit observes the contemporary world, with its votive tablets (iPhones), she casts back to her own life disguised as a boy in order to practice her art. Along the way, we learn of a teenager s bratty ways with her smart but sometimes overbearing parents, the power politics of Renaissance Italy, the best places to procure blue pigment, and how everyone, everywhere, must come to terms with the passage of time and the grief of loss. And we learn how to be both: male and female, artist and businessperson, rememberer and forgiver, reader of tales and literary adventurer. Lucky us. "Booklist" (starred review)
This adventurous, entertaining writer offers two distinctive takes on youth, art and death and even two different editions of the book . . .Both are remarkable depictions of the treasures of memory and the rich perceptions and creativity of youth, of how we see what's around us and within us. Comical, insightful and clever, Smith builds a thoughtful fun house with her many dualities and then risks being obvious in her structural mischief, but it adds perhaps the perfect frame to this marvelous diptych. "Kirkus Reviews" (starred)
Captivating . . . British author Smith ("There but for The"), a playful, highly imaginative literary iconoclast, surpasses her previous efforts in this inventive double novel that deals with gender issues, moral questions, the mystery of death, the value of art, the mutability of time, and several other important topics . . . Smith s two-in-one novel is a provocative reevaluation of the form. "Publishers Weekly" (boxed, starred)
Early Praise from the UK for "How to be both"
""
Extraordinary . . . Warm, funny, subtle, layered, intelligent . . . Brilliant. "The Spectator"
Exuberant, rhapsodic . . . Dizzyingly good and so clever that it makes you want to dance. "New Statesman"
Dazzling indeed . . . Smith has written a radical novel, one that becomes two novels, with discrete meanings . . . Those writers making doomy predictions about the death of the novel should read Smith s re-imagined novel/s, and take note of the life it contains. "The Independent "
[A] rich, strong and moving novel . . . Ingenious . . . A triumph. "Financial Times "
Immensely enjoyable . . . Inventive and playful, compassionate and sagacious . . . Explores the injustices of life but also its delights, including the pleasures of art and the redemptive power of love. "The Express "
An heir to Virginia Woolf, Ali Smith subtly but surely reinvents the novel . . . "How to be both" brims with palpable joy, not only at language, literature and art s transformative power but at the messy business of being human, of wanting to be more than one kind of person at once. "The Telegraph"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Playfully brilliant. . . . Delightful. . . . Incredibly touching. "The Washington Post"
Magnificent. . . . Brilliant and cheeky. " The Boston Globe"
[A] sly and shimmering double helix of a novel. " The New York Times Book Review
"
Joyful. . . . Moving. . . . Encompasses wonderful mothers, unconventional love and friendship, time, mortality, gender, the consolations of art and so much else. " NPR"
A mystery to be marveled at. . . . Smith is endlessly artful, creating a work that feels infinite in its scope and intimate at the same time. "The Atlantic"
Ali Smith is a genius. . . . ["How to be both"] cements Smith s reputation as one of the finest and most innovative of our contemporary writers. By some divine alchemy, she is both funny and moving; she combines intellectual rigor with whimsy. "The Los Angeles Review of Books
" Captivating. . . . How to be bothindeed works both ways, demonstrating not only the power of art itself but also the mastery of Smith s prose. "San Francisco Chronicle"
A synthesis of questions long contemplated by an extraordinarily thoughtful author, who succeeds quite well in implanting those questions into well-drawn, memorable people. "The New York Times"
Innovative. . . . The book s high-concept design is offset by the beauty, prowess, and range of Smith s playfully confident, proudly unconventional prose. "Elle"
Deft and mischievous, a novel of ideas that folds back on itself like the most playful sort of arabesque. "Los Angeles Times"
Ali Smith s signature themes of the fluidity of identity and gender, appearance and perception are here in profusion, as is her joyful command of language, from lofty rhetoric to earthy pun. "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
Ali Smith is a master storyteller, andHow to be bothis a charming and erudite novel that can quite literally make us rethink the way we read. "The Philadelphia Inquirer"
An entirely delightful and moving story. . . . When you reach the end of this playful and wise novel, you want to turn to the beginning and read it again to piece together its mysteries and keep both halves simultaneously in mind. "The Dallas Morning News"
A wonderfully slippery, postmodern examination of the perception, gender, loss and the lasting power of art. . . . The sort of book you could happily read a second time and uncover overlooked truths. In art as finely crafted as this, there s always more to see, if you look. "The Miami Herald"
Boundless. . . . Exhilarating. . . . Smith s concerns in subject matter and form are profound and encompassing, and it is beautiful to watch her books defy pinning down. "Portland Oregonian
"
An inventive and intriguing look into the world of art, love, choices, and the duality of the human existence. . . . Even though Smith is writing two very different stories from two different eras, she does a masterful job of weaving connecting threads between the two. "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
Wildly inventive. . . . The narrative voice makes the double-take cohesive, as both are lyrical and fresh. . . . I absolutely adored this book. Laura Creste, "Bustle"
Smith s talent shines brightest in her tender depiction of the emotions that, like the underpaintings in a fresco, remain hidden but have a powerful impact. "BookPage""

Playfully brilliant. . . . Delightful. . . . Incredibly touching. The Washington Post
Magnificent. . . . Brilliant and cheeky. The Boston Globe
[A] sly and shimmering double helix of a novel. The New York Times Book Review

Joyful. . . . Moving. . . . Encompasses wonderful mothers, unconventional love and friendship, time, mortality, gender, the consolations of art and so much else. NPR
A mystery to be marveled at. . . . Smith is endlessly artful, creating a work that feels infinite in its scope and intimate at the same time. The Atlantic
Ali Smith is a genius. . . . [How to be both] cements Smith s reputation as one of the finest and most innovative of our contemporary writers. By some divine alchemy, she is both funny and moving; she combines intellectual rigor with whimsy. The Los Angeles Review of Books
Captivating. . . . How to be bothindeed works both ways, demonstrating not only the power of art itself but also the mastery of Smith s prose. San Francisco Chronicle
A synthesis of questions long contemplated by an extraordinarily thoughtful author, who succeeds quite well in implanting those questions into well-drawn, memorable people. The New York Times
Innovative. . . . The book s high-concept design is offset by the beauty, prowess, and range of Smith s playfully confident, proudly unconventional prose. Elle
Deft and mischievous, a novel of ideas that folds back on itself like the most playful sort of arabesque. Los Angeles Times
Ali Smith s signature themes of the fluidity of identity and gender, appearance and perception are here in profusion, as is her joyful command of language, from lofty rhetoric to earthy pun. Minneapolis Star Tribune
Ali Smith is a master storyteller, andHow to be bothis a charming and erudite novel that can quite literally make us rethink the way we read. The Philadelphia Inquirer
An entirely delightful and moving story. . . . When you reach the end of this playful and wise novel, you want to turn to the beginning and read it again to piece together its mysteries and keep both halves simultaneously in mind. The Dallas Morning News
A wonderfully slippery, postmodern examination of the perception, gender, loss and the lasting power of art. . . . The sort of book you could happily read a second time and uncover overlooked truths. In art as finely crafted as this, there s always more to see, if you look. The Miami Herald
Boundless. . . . Exhilarating. . . . Smith s concerns in subject matter and form are profound and encompassing, and it is beautiful to watch her books defy pinning down. Portland Oregonian

An inventive and intriguing look into the world of art, love, choices, and the duality of the human existence. . . . Even though Smith is writing two very different stories from two different eras, she does a masterful job of weaving connecting threads between the two. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wildly inventive. . . . The narrative voice makes the double-take cohesive, as both are lyrical and fresh. . . . I absolutely adored this book. Laura Creste, Bustle
Smith s talent shines brightest in her tender depiction of the emotions that, like the underpaintings in a fresco, remain hidden but have a powerful impact. BookPage

"

"Playfully brilliant. . . . Delightful. . . . Incredibly touching." --The Washington Post
"Magnificent. . . . Brilliant and cheeky." --The Boston Globe
"[A] sly and shimmering double helix of a novel." --The New York Times Book Review

"Joyful. . . . Moving. . . . Encompasses wonderful mothers, unconventional love and friendship, time, mortality, gender, the consolations of art and so much else." --NPR
"A mystery to be marveled at. . . . Smith is endlessly artful, creating a work that feels infinite in its scope and intimate at the same time." --The Atlantic
"Ali Smith is a genius. . . . [How to be both] cements Smith's reputation as one of the finest and most innovative of our contemporary writers. By some divine alchemy, she is both funny and moving; she combines intellectual rigor with whimsy." --The Los Angeles Review of Books
"Captivating. . . . How to be both indeed works both ways, demonstrating not only the power of art itself but also the mastery of Smith's prose." --San Francisco Chronicle
"A synthesis of questions long contemplated by an extraordinarily thoughtful author, who succeeds quite well in implanting those questions into well-drawn, memorable people." --The New York Times
"Innovative. . . . The book's high-concept design is offset by the beauty, prowess, and range of Smith's playfully confident, proudly unconventional prose." --Elle
"Deft and mischievous, a novel of ideas that folds back on itself like the most playful sort of arabesque." --Los Angeles Times
"Ali Smith's signature themes--of the fluidity of identity and gender, appearance and perception--are here in profusion, as is her joyful command of language, from lofty rhetoric to earthy pun." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Ali Smith is a master storyteller, and How to be both is a charming and erudite novel that can quite literally make us rethink the way we read." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
"An entirely delightful and moving story. . . . When you reach the end of this playful and wise novel, you want to turn to the beginning and read it again to piece together its mysteries and keep both halves simultaneously in...

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MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE 2014 GOLDSMITHS PRIZE
WINNER OF THE 2014 COSTA NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE SALTIRE LITERARY BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
A Best Book of the Year: NPR, Financial Times

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. It's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There's a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real--and all life's givens get given a second chance.

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