2020 Book of the Year according to The Spectator, TLS, New Statesman and the Financial Times.
The unmissable finale to Ali Smith’s dazzling literary tour de force: the Seasonal quartet concludes in 2020 with Summer.
In the present, Sacha knows the world’s in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile the world’s in meltdown – and the real meltdown hasn’t even started yet. In the past, a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they’re living on borrowed time.
This is a story about people on the brink of change. They’re family, but they think they’re strangers. So: where does family begin? And what do people who think they’ve got nothing in common have in common?
“Summer by Ali Smith is exquisite. Smith is in a class of her own and the culmination of her remarkable seasonal quartet proves it.” — Nicola Sturgeon.
“The first great coronavirus novel – a book to savour, a literary tour de force that captures the nation’s psyche exquisitely.” — Evening Standard.
“An astonishing finale to a prescient series… Ali Smith brilliantly weaves strands of joy and celebration to end her Seasonal Quartet.” — The Irish Times.
“A maestra’s portrait of her age… remarkable.” — The Guardian.