MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST Long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year A Washington Post Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Dwight Garner/ The New York Times , Martha Kearney/ The Guardian , Slate , Chicago Tribune , Southern Living , Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel , The Morning News , Kirkus Reviews Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Two old friends--Daniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, born in 1984--look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever. A luminous meditation on the meaning of richness and harvest and worth, Autumn is the first installment of Ali Smith's Seasonal quartet, and it casts an eye over our own time: Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d'esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art. Wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, Autumn is an unforgettable story about aging and time and love--and stories themselves.