On Beauty

On Beauty

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By (author) Zadie Smith

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 445 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 30mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143037749
  • ISBN 13: 9780143037743
  • Sales rank: 258,234

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When Howard Belsey's oldest son Jerome falls for Victoria, the stunning daughter of the right-wing Monty Kipps, both families find themselves thrown together, enacting a cultural and personal war against each other.

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ZADIE SMITH was born in northwest London in 1975. She is the author of "White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, Changing My Mind," and "NW."

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."..[A] thoroughly original tale about families and generational change, about race and multiculturalism in millennial America, about love and identity and the ways they are affected by the passage of time. Ms. Smith possesses a captivating authorial voice--at once authoritative and nonchalant, and capacious enough to accommodate high moral seriousness, laid-back humor and virtually everything in between--and in these pages, she uses that voice to enormous effect, giving us that rare thing: a novel that is as affecting as it is entertaining, as provocative as it is humane." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Oh happy day when a writer as gifted as Zadie Smith fulfills her early promise with a novel as accomplished, substantive and penetrating as On Beauty. It's a thing of beauty indeed. In tackling grown-up issues of marriage, adultery, race, class, liberalism and aesthetics, she thrillingly balances engaging ideas with equally engaging characters. As good as she is with big ideas, Smith is even stronger at capturing family dynamics, the heartbreak of broken trust as well as the lovely connections between siblings. --The Los Angeles Times Book Review "In this sharp, engaging satire, beauty's only skin-deep, but funny cuts to the bone." --Kirkus Reviews "Smith's specialty is her ability to render the new world, in its vibrant multiculturalism, with a kind of dancing, daring joy. . . . Her plots and people sing with life. . . . One of the best of the year, a splendid treat. " --Chicago Tribune "On Beauty is a rollicking satire . . . a tremendously good read." --San Francisco Chronicle