Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant and very funny look at family life, marriage, the collision of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's self-deceptions. Howard Belsey is an Englishman abroad, an academic teaching in a small college town in New England. Whilst he struggles to revive his passion for his African-American wife Kiki, his three teenage children are seeking loves, ideals and commitments of their own. And after Howard's disastrous affair with a colleague, his sensitive eldest son Jerome escapes to London for the holidays, where he defies everything the Belseys represent by going to work for Trinidadian right-wing academic and pundit, Monty Kipps. Jerome falls for Monty's beautiful, capricious daughter, Victoria, but their short-lived romance has long-lasting consequences, drawing these very different families into each other's lives...
- Electronic book text
- 256.54 x 365.76 x 66.04mm | 2,653.5g
- 16 Sep 2005
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975, and continues to live in the area. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty. All proceeds from The Book of Other People will go to 826 NYC, Dave Eggers' non-profit organisation dedicated to helping children with their reading and writing