"The Accidental" by Ali Smith

Novel, 2005

The dramas surrounding a dysfunctional liberal family, whose participants’ lives are sparked while they’re on a holiday break in Norfolk and visited by Amber, a strange, wandering life force who has a shocking affect on all the characters. Ultimately, this is quite a sad, reflective read, which sets off at a canter but ends
– for the characters – in disarray, even if the children in the drama have a slightly rosier looking future. The switch between characters’ stories is brilliantly done and provides an entertaining read, right through from the beginning to the end.

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