There But For The by Ali Smith

When a dinner-party guest named Miles locks himself in an upstairs room and refuses to come out, he sets off a media frenzy. He also sets in motion a mesmerizing puzzle of a novel, one that harnesses acrobatic verbal playfulness to a truly affecting story. Miles communicates only by cryptic notes slipped under the door. We see him through the eyes of four people who barely know him, ranging from a precocious child to a confused elderly woman. But while the characters’ wit and wordplay soar, their story remains profoundly grounded. As it probes our paradoxical need for both separation and true connection, There but for the balances cleverness with compassion, the surreal with the deeply, movingly real, in a way that only Ali Smith can.

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The 665th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 99th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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There But For The: A Novel Hardcover 1259112 $19.90 $0.25 2011
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