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There But For The

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What would you do if a stranger arrived at your dinner party, locked himself in a bedroom, and refused to leave? Such is the dilemma faced by Genevieve and Eric Lee in Smith’s strange novel about community and communication.

Miles, the unexpected guest, is there for a reason, even ifit’s unclear. His presence sparks contemplation on seemingly random past encounters and the choices each character has made that have led them to the present.

If you stick with it, this is a thought-provoking and quirky read. Twice shortlisted for the Booker and Orange Prizes, it seems only a matter of time before Smith hits the jackpot. There but for indeed …

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