Spring -- Ali Smith

Staff Pick

In the third volume of her Seasonal Quartet Smith takes on the world’s divisiveness with everything she’s got: the narrative is angry, satirical, and ironic, as well as allusive, playful, and lyrical. Smith shows the cruelty of detention centers and traces their dehumanizing effect on inmates and staff, but she also reminds us that spring is the season of hope. Her agent for change is twelve-year-old Florence who, by not recognizing the legitimacy of power, undermines it. Around her, people are kinder and happier; they see that borders can unite as easily as divide. Advocating that we “revolve,” Smith points out that history is as cyclical as seasons; we’ve survived hard times before—we can get through this, too.




Spring: A Novel (Seasonal Quartet) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101870778
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Published: Pantheon - April 30th, 2019

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