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Series: Vintage International Ser.
Category: Fiction / Family Life
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Release Date: 06/04/2001
Synopsis: Zadie Smiths dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smiths voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own. At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of Englands irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesnt quite match her name (Jamaican for no problem). Samads late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbals every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against Londons racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.
Awards: American Library Association Notable Books – null Betty Trask Prize and Awards – null Commonwealth Writers Prize – null Costa Book Awards – null Galaxy British Book Awards – null Guardian First Book Award – null Los Angeles Times Book Prizes – null National Book Critics Circle Awards – null New York Times Editors Choice – null Original Voices Award – null
Height: 0.92 inches
Width: 5.16 inches
Length: 8.01 inches
Weight: 11.39 oz