SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else. A true original, she is a one-of-a-kind literary sensation. Her novels consistently attract serious acclaim and discussion—and have won her a dedicated readership who are drawn again and again to the warmth, humanity and humor of her voice.
How to be both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real—and all life’s givens get given a second chance.
A NOTE TO THE READER:
Who says stories reach everybody in the same order?
This novel can be read in two ways, and the eBook provides you with both. You can choose which way to read the novel by simply clicking on one of two icons—CAMERA or EYES. The text is exactly the same in both versions; the narratives are just in a different order.
The ebook is produced this way so that readers can randomly have different experiences reading the same text. So, depending on which icon you select, the book will read: EYES, CAMERA, or CAMERA, EYES. (Your friend may be reading it the other way around.) Enjoy the adventure.
(Having both versions in the same file is intentional.)
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Reading How to be both is a splendidly dizzying affair, like an amusement park ride that tilts your perspective in exciting and unexpected ways. The inventive, Man Booker–nominated novel presents two separate but mysteriously linked stories: one of a free-spirited Renaissance artist and another about a headstrong British teen reeling from the sudden death of her mother in the ‘60s. Scottish author Ali Smith slyly toys with our expectations, writing with impressionistic beauty and creativity about identity, regret, and the burning desire to break free of limiting expectations.