Winter

Winter

by Ali Smith

Overview: Winter. Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. And now Artís mother is seeing things. Come to think of it, Artís 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 Smithís 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.

Carole Zwicker (01/26/19): 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.
Rating: ****

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