She begins with a personal anecdote recounting the time she and her editor went into a building with the word Library above the door, only to find themselves in a place where people would rather have a drink than read, a private club with “some books as a feature”.
Her first story, entitled Last, is about a woman trapped on a train in a rail siding and rescued by the author. As the story unfolds she includes her thoughts as they wander around words and their origins, pronunciation and evolution. Ali Smith clearly loves words and is a master wordsmith, deploying them with consummate skill.
Title: Public library and other stories
Author: Ali Smith
Reviewed by Lynda T, East Coast Bays.
Lynda T reads anything that grabs her interest, but is particularly interested in science fiction and young adult novels.