Autumn: A Novel by Ali Smith
Yes, it might seem strange to be reading a book titled “Autumn” in the summer, but hear me out. Written by one of the U.K.'s most esteemed writers, Ali Smith, Autumn touches on the themes of friendship and surprising encounters that lead to powerful personal connections. The book looks at the unlikely bond between two people who couldn't be more different: Daniel, an old man on the brink of death, and Elisabeth, an arts lecturer in her thirties who's increasingly disillusioned by the world in which she lives. Smith dissects their relationship against the backdrop of Britain's Brexit summer in 2016 and the European refugee crisis, but the heavy themes are balanced by her smooth and flowy prose. The first of a quartet, Autumn is followed by Winter and Spring, with Summer set to be published this upcoming August. It’s the perfect book to read on a summer day, when you prefer to just stay indoors and reflect on all the people whose lives have had a huge impact on you, while basking in the sun's warm glow.