Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

How To Be Both, by Ali Smith

Second paragraph of third section, 21st century:
Cossa, George said.
Second paragraph of third section, 15th century:
Now, he said. This cup here has the Water of Forgetting in it. This cup here has the Water of Remembering. First you drink this. Then you wait a little. Then you drink the other.
One of those prize-winning books from a few years back that I have only now got around to reading. Not a lot to say about it, except that I enjoyed it. It comes in two halves, one about a girl in contemporary Cambridge whose mother has recently died, and who has become obsessed with the portrait of Saint Vincent Ferrer by Francesco del Cossa, and the other about del Cossa who turns out (in this narrative) to have been a woman passing as a man in Renaissance Italy. The two stories echo into each other, and it was a satisfying read. You can get it here.

This was my top unread book acquired in 2018. Next on that pile is Normal People, by Sally Rooney.
Tags: bookblog 2019, writer: ali smith

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