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Author: Ali Smith
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kyuuketsukirui wrote in lgbtq_recs
Rather than use up a bunch of slots by reviewing each of her books separately, I thought I'd just use one slot to rec her entire oeuvre.

Ali Smith is a Scottish lesbian, and Scotland and lesbians feature in most of her stories. Her works are what is generally referred to as literary fiction, which is a genre a lot of people in fandom seem to despise, but I love a whole lot. She's written four novels and four short story collections, almost all of which are about lesbians. Her prose is often experimental, for example Hotel World has one section told entirely as one long sentence in order to get the PoV character's state of mind across. She's really fond of stream of consciousness.

I haven't read everything by her, but here are links to recs for the books I have read:

Hotel World
Hotel World is the story of five people whose fate is linked by events at a hotel. As mentioned above, each section is very different, reflecting the different characters narrating.

Girl Meets Boy
This is my absolute favorite of her books. It's the story of two girls falling in love, but it's not a romance. It's also the story of two sisters and how they have chosen very different lives for themselves.

The First Person and Other Stories
This is the only collection of short stories I've read by her, and while I sometimes feel like I'm missing the point of her short stories, the language is always so beautiful I still enjoy them.

I also read and liked The Accidental, but it doesn't qualify for this comm as it's her only story not about lgbt characters. (I still highly recommend it, though!)

She has also written Free Love and Other Stories, Other Stories and Other Stories, and The Whole Story and Other Stories, as well as one more novel, Like. While I haven't read these, I wouldn't hesitate to rec them just based on the strength of the works I have read.
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These sound fascinating. I've been looking for some more good "literary" lesbian fiction (to read in the brief moments between fanfic, of course.(

I absolutely loved Hotel World, but then was a little disappointed with The Accidental. Thanks for the reminder that there is other stuff by her out there! I do love the way she writes.

Her works are what is generally referred to as literary fiction, which is a genre a lot of people in fandom seem to despise, but I love a whole lot.

Heh. There is a lot of underdog humor on that point, isn't there?

Ah, these sound like fun! Thanks! M.

I'm putting Ali Smith on my to-read list - thanks for these reviews!

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