White Teeth

by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and MartinAmis.

  • ebook
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.74 out of 5
  • Published by Vintage
  • Original Title: White Teeth
  • ASIN: B000FBFM9S
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2000)
  • Guardian First Book Award (2000)
  • James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (2000)
  • Whitbread Award for First Novel (2000)
  • John Llewellyn Rhys Prize Nominee (2000) ...more Puddly Award for Debut Novel (2001)
  • National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2000)
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book Overall (2001)
  • Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award (2001)
  • Betty Trask Award (2001)...less

Zadie Smith’s 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 Smith’s 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 England’s 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 doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London’s 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.