At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. An eclectic group of neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and the story of Miles is one told from the points of view of four of them: a woman in her forties called Anna, a man in his sixties called Mark, a woman in her eighties called May, and a ten-year-old child called Brooke. The thing is . . . none of these people knows Miles anything more than glancingly. So how much is it possible to know about a stranger? And what are the consequences of even the most casual, most fleeting meetings we have every day with other human beings?Brilliantly audacious, disarmingly playful, full of Smith's trademark wit and puns, There But For The is a deft exploration of the human need for separation-from our pasts and from one another-and the redemptive possibilities for connections.
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"The sweet lilt in Anne Flosnik's intonation lifts this unusual audiobook to a notable height. Essentially the story of a man who locks himself in his hosts' guest bedroom at a dinner party, the novel assumes the point of view of a new character with each new chapter. Flosnik makes her way through all their voices adroitly, with only occasional distractions, most of which stem from the text itself. Some dialogue, for example, is clunky and self-conscious, but the overall appeal of the production remains steady. Smith's prose is successful more often than not with its thought-provoking plot twists and unconventional characters. Listeners hoping for something different will find what they seek in this recording. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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