From Pulp Net:My favourite opening line of a novel:“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” First line of Plath’s The Bell Jar, a novel whose political sharpness and fictional adeptness is so often reduced or misunderstood to accommodate Plath’s own fate.
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. Her first book, Free Love, won the Saltire First Book Award. She is also the author of Like (1997); Other Stories And Other Stories (1999); Hotel World (2001); The Whole Stories and Other Stories (2003) and The Accidental, which won the 2005 Whitbread novel award . Ali Smith’s new book Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis is published in November 2007 by Canongate.Read the entire entry, Ali Smith's literary top ten.