For me, it takes a bit of rumination after finishing an Ali Smith book for the details to sink in.

Ali Smith is a thoroughly contemporary writer. Her viewpoint is unique and the way that she structures a story might seem conventional, yet there is something about how the characters are developed through a sort of time travel that in the end becomes very satisfying.

This is a book about our times, our restlessness, our not paying attention while we think we are paying attention, helplessness, hopelessness, infuriating sisters, a mother who keeps secrets from her son... and in the end, us, how we have become complicit in our time and therefore, maybe our future.

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