“What Smith has achieved in her cycle so far is exactly what we need artists to do in disorienting times: make sense of events, console us, show us how we got here, help us believe that we will find our way through. Often, that’s what we lean on the classics for, finding answers in metaphor. But in “Winter,” as in “Autumn,” Smith gives us a potent, necessary source of sustenance that speaks directly to our age.” – The Boston Globe
“There are few writers on the world stage who are producing fiction this offbeat and alluring.” – The New York Times
The dazzling second novel in Ali Smith’s essential Seasonal Quartet–from the Baileys Prize-winning, Man Booker-shortlisted author of Autumn and How to be both
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 15 bedroom house in Cornwall for Christmas, will there be enough room for everyone?
Winter. It makes things visible. In Ali Smith’s Winter, life-force matches up to the toughest of the seasons. In this second novel in her Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith’s shapeshifting novel 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.