There and Back Again

Ali Smith's migrating forms

A man at a London dinner party leaves the table, goes upstairs and locks himself indefinitely in his hosts' spare room. That's the premise of Ali Smith's latest novel, There but for The, a beguiling ode to human connection shot through with existential wonder and virtuosic wordplay. If you fell for Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, you'll appreciate Smith's formal twists and turns--and there's more where There came from.

Hotel World

A ghost story for the contemporary age, Smith's 2001 novel tells of a maid trapped in limbo in the hotel where she once served--the perfect setting for...

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