The debut wunderkind of the new millennium was 24-year-old Zadie Smith, who finished her manuscript for White Teeth as a college student in Cambridge, England, only to find herself sitting on a six-figure advance, an international bestseller and onslaught of literary praise comparing her to the likes of Charles Dickens and Salman Rushdie.
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Date of Birth:
October 27, 1975
Place of Birth:
B.A. in English, King's College at Cambridge University, 1998
Guardian First Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Whitbread Award, 2000, all for White Teeth
|Smith's Latest||Published Works|
In Smith's latest novel, Howard Belsey, a Rembrandt scholar facing down a midlife crisis, lives in New England with his former-activist wife and their three very different children. When one son falls for the daughter of a rabid right-winger, family drama erupts.
White Teeth (2000)|
The Autograph Man (2002)
On Beauty (2005)
|The Best Book to Read First|
Smith's novel dazzled critics with its unique and hilarious voice. It centers on the friendship between Englishman Archie Jones and Bangladeshi Samad Iqbal, two Army buddies; and the intertwining lives, cultures and politics of their children.
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