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Zadie Smith

5382538245_70f5393f22_zZadie Smith is an English novelist, essayist and short story writer. She is the daughter of an Englishman and a Jamaican mother who immigrated to England. Smith is best known for the novels White Teeth and On Beauty, both of which focus on themes related to mixed race identity. However, it appears this wasn’t Smith’s intention, but that she instead was just writing her own intercultural reality.

According to the Afro-Europe International Blog, Smith has said, “I wasn’t trying to write about race. . .  Race is obviously a part of the book, but I didn’t sit down to write a book about race. So a book that doesn’t have exclusively [W]hite people in the main theme must be one about race? I don’t understand that.”

Smith has written for Granta, The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine. White Teeth was voted one of Time magazine’s “Best 100 English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005,” and On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Smith is a tenured fiction professor at New York University, and she published a new novel, NW, in 2012. She has been married to Northern Irishman Nick Laird since 2004, and they have two children.


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