Finalist in Frankfurt eBook Award 2000, for Best Fiction work originally
published in print and converted to eBook form.
Zadie Smith's 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 Smith's voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her
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 England's 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 doesn't quite match her name (Jamaican for
"no problem"). Samad's late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his
bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal's
every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his
Islamic faith. Set against London'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
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.