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  • ISBN: 9780375703867
  • ISBN: 0375501851 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 448 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, c2000.

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On New Year's morning, 1975, Archie Jones sits in his car on a London road and waits for the exhaust fumes to fill his Cavalier Musketeer station wagon. Archie--working-class, ordinary, a failed marriage under his belt--is calling it quits, the deciding factor being the flip of a 20-pence coin. When the owner of a nearby halal butcher shop (annoyed that Archie's car is blocking his delivery area) comes out and bangs on the window, he gives Archie another chance at life and sets in motion this richly imagined, uproariously funny novel. Set in post-war London, this novel of the racial, political, and social upheaval of the last half-century follows two families--the Joneses and the Iqbals, both outsiders from within the former British empire--as they make their way in modern England.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 April 2000
    White Teeth, a multigenerational, multiethnic, somewhat zany novel, is the ambitious undertaking of first-time novelist Smith. Set in London and spanning more than 25 years, with recollections and accounts back to earlier days, it presents the combined story of the Jones and Iqbal families. The friendship of Archibald and Samad, respectively, the fathers, dates back to their shared, if somewhat bizarre, experiences during World War II. Their much younger wives (Clara Jones, a Jamaican who escaped from her Jehovah's Witness upbringing, and Alsana Iqbal, married because of family arrangements) and the children (a girl for the Jones', twin sons for the Iqbals) become like one family out of habit and self-defense. They grow and change (or not) as the years progress, and there is a sort of predestined circularity of the events and outcomes. Smith has an excellent ear for dialect and a wonderfully descriptive sense in the way she presents the multiethnic underclass. ((Reviewed April 1, 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Author Notes

Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, Changing My Mind, NW, and most recently Swing Time.

Subject: London (England) > Fiction.
Jamaicans > England > Fiction.
Ethnic relations > Fiction.
Race relations > Fiction.
Male friendship > Fiction.
Muslim families > Fiction.
Assimilation (Sociology) > Fiction.
Interracial marriage > Fiction.
Genetic engineering > Fiction.
Fate and fatalism > Fiction.
Great Britain > Social conditions > 1945.
Assimilation (Sociology)
Ethnic relations.
Fate and fatalism.
Genetic engineering.
Interracial marriage.
Male friendship.
Muslim families.
Race relations.
England > London.
Immigrants > Great Britain > Fiction.
Multiculturalism > Great Britain > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.

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