White Teeth: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2001-06-12
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Zadie Smith
Zadie Smithâs 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 Smithâs 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 Englandâs 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 doesnât quite match her name (Jamaican for âno problemâ). Samadâs late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbalâs every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against Londonâ 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.Â Look for Zadie Smithâs new book Swing Time, available now.