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Modern and Contemporary Authors

The class will be reading and discussing Autumn,a novel by Ali Smith published in 2017 by Anchor Books, ISBN 978-1-101-96994-6.

Set in 2016 in a bitterly divided England during the unsettled, disheartening months following the Brexit vote, the heroine is a plucky 32-year-old art lecturer facing the loss of two things she holds dear: basic human decency, and the elderly neighbor who was her unofficial babysitter and unconventional soulmate in her childhood. The New York Times Book Review named it one of the 10 best books for 2017, and it was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Autumn is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive.

July 10: Pages 3-66
July 24: Pages 67-128
August 7: Pages 129-193
August 21: Pages 195-260

Facilitator: Mary Thompson retired in 2005 and now promotes deliberative democracy with the League of Women Voters and the San Diego Deliberation Network.

Course Number: OSHR-70131   Credit: 0 units


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