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Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy and The First Person and Other Stories.

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She's a genius, genuinely modern in the heroic, glorious sense -- Alain de Botton One of the most inventive writers we have. She jumps from high places and lands on her feet -- Jackie Kay Smith is a brilliant storyteller * Time Out * Hurrah for Ali Smith! * The Times * Quirky, intricately put together * New York Times * Exceedingly clever and subtly wrenching . . . this novel is a marvel * Washington Post * Exhilarating * Marie Claire * A warm, playful, dazzlingly written modern fable * Irish Independent * A playful yet erudite celebration of words. . . . Smith's prose is not just supple, it's acrobatic * Daily Telegraph * A tour de force -- Lionel Shriver * Financial Times * Playful, humorous, serious, profoundly clever and profoundly affecting * Guardian *

In the middle of an English dinner party, Miles Garth excuses himself from the table, locks himself in the guest room, and refuses to leave. As the weeks and then months drag on, hostess Gen-portrayed by narrator Anne Flosnik as an afflicted damsel in distress-goes through Miles's address book to enlist friends, however remote, to coax the unwanted boarder out of his lair. The first rescue attempt is made by Anna-who met Miles decades earlier on a school trip-whom Flosnik deftly renders as a classy and good-natured Glaswegian, perplexed that Miles even remembered her. After Anna, Flosnik's performance declines: Mark-who met Miles in a theater-sounds much like the audio's other men, while the voice given to Brooke, the 10-year-old who makes a final attempt at extricating Miles, is too similar to those of the book's other children-all of them bright and high-pitched. Flosnik's narration is, however, well paced and entertaining, and this-coupled with Smith's playful language, rhymes, songs, and imaginative plot-will enchant listeners. A Pantheon hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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