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Perfect stranger

To the members of a troubled family, an uninvited guest seems to have all the answers

By Gail Caldwell
January 22, 2006

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The Accidental By Ali Smith Pantheon, 305 pp., $22.95 ''The Accidental" is a thoroughly charming and melodic novel, but you shouldn't let either of those qualities get in the way of its fierceness or its metaphysical precision. As with the Scottish author's ''Hotel World," published here in 2001, the story exudes a certain eerie caprice: mystery characters and revelatory connections, ... (Full article: 1086 words)

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