Book ‘Companion Piece’ by Ali Smith

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Award-winning author Ali Smith again lights a way for us through the nightmarish now with a provocative novel grounded both in the contemporary era and in the uncannily familiar era of the Black Plague. Companion Piece stands apart from her astonishing Seasonal Quartet, which remains discrete unto itself. But like Smith’s groundbreaking series, this new novel boldly captures the spirit of the times. “A woman receives an unexpected call from a former classmate asking for help deciphering a puzzling interaction, and from there, Smith spins out a broader story about loneliness, refuge and freedom." — The New York Times. "A story is never an answer. A story is always a question." Here we are in extraordinary times...
Publisher: Pantheon (May 3, 2022)  Pages: 240 pages  ISBN-10: 0593316371  ISBN-13: 978-0593316375  ASIN:‎ B09DB9M28X

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About the author: Ali Smith CBE FRSL (born August 1962 in Inverness) is a Scottish writer. She was born to working-class parents, raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge. She studied at the University of Aberdeen and then at Newnham College, Cambridge, for a PhD that she never finished. She worked as a lecturer at University of Strathclyde until she fell ill with CFS/ME. Following this she became a full-time writer and now writes for The Guardian, The Scotsman, and the Times Literary Supplement. Openly gay, she lives in Cambridge with her partner filmmaker Sarah Wood. In 2007 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature In 2009, she donated the short story Last (previously published in the Manchester Review Online) to Oxfam’s ‘Ox-Tales’ project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the ‘Fire’ collection. Smith was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to literature.