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Grand Union - Zadie Smith

Paperback Published: 14th October 2019
ISBN: 9780241337035
Number Of Pages: 256

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The first ever collection of stories from the bestselling and beloved author of Swing Time and White Teeth.

In the summer of 1959, an Antiguan immigrant in north west London lives the last day of his life.

A mother looks back on her early forays into matters of the human heart, considering the ways in which desire is always an act of negotiation, destruction, and self-invention.

A disgraced cop stands amid the broken shards of his life, unable to move forward into a future that holds no place for him.

A teenage scion of the technocratic elite chases spectres through a premium virtual reality, trailed by a little girl with a runny nose and no surviving family.

We all take a much-needed break from this mess, on a package holiday where the pool's electric blue is ceaselessly replenished, while political and environmental collapse happen far away, to someone else.

Interleaving ten completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, Zadie Smith presents a sharply alert and slyly prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.

Industry Reviews

She's a genius . . . It's bliss -- Dolly Alderton
Sexy and hilarious . . . There is no moment in Grand Union when we are not entertained,or doubt that we are in the company of one of our best contemporary writers. * Guardian *
Smart and bewitching, the modern world is refracted in ways that are both playful and rigorous, formally experimental and socially aware... Smith exercises her range without losing her wry, slightly cynical humour. Readers of all tastes will find something memorable in this collection * Publisher's Weekly *
She's already one of our best novelists and essayists, this reminds us that her short stories are right up there too * Observer *
Bewitching * Publisher's Weekly *
The stories in Grand Union address both eternal existential queries and decidedly contemporary concerns. * FT *
this is a book of and for the times, sobering in its clarity but bracingly witty and clever * Evening Standard *
Smith's dialogue crackles with mordant wit . . . this dazzling collection of stories will leave you with plenty to think about. * Independent *
Each story is a new surprise of literary genius that takes the reader on a short journey away from reality . . . A must-read for literary lovers everywhere * Vanity Fair *
In these short stories she is miles and miles ahead, moving the finish line ever further as we are dazzled, knocked sideways by her craft . . . We see a master at work, exercising her vast talent with joy and vigour, reimagining old paradigms whilst maintaining the warmth and authenticity of her inimitable voice. For a writer who has seemingly done everything, it seems that Smith is just beginning * The Arts Desk *
Grand Union seduces with language, acute observation, humour and the warmth of Smith's humanity. It's a startling, energising collection fom a writer unafraid to take risks * i *
An exuberant volume that's bracing, thoughtful and frequently very funny * Mail on Sunday *
Tremendous comic writing and snappy dialogue * Literary Review *
Smith offers sharp social commentary in this wry collection of stories that takes on the complications of the modern world * Psychologies *
Tackles subjects including cancel culture, desire and race with Smith's trademark insight and lightness of touch * Stylist *

ISBN: 9780241337035
ISBN-10: 0241337038
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 14th October 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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Zadie Smith

About the Author


Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975, and continues to live in the area. White Teeth is her first novel and won awards for Best Book and Best Female Newcomer at the BT Emma Awards (Ethnic and Multicultural Media Awards), the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for a first novel in 2000, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction 2000, the WH Smith Book Award for New Talent, the Frankfurt eBook Award for Best Fiction Work Originally Published in 2000 and both the Commonwealth Writers First Book Award and Overall Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Her other novels are The Autograph Man and On Beauty, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2005 and won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006. She also edited the collection of contemporary short fiction The Book of Other People, and wrote Changing My Mind, a collection of personal and cultural essays.

Her forthcoming novel, NW, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in 2012.

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