Our spotlight this week is on the incredible Zadie Smith. . “Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about, ideas that matter to you, beliefs you can stand by, tickets you can run on. Intelligent humans make those choices with their brain and hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful...and decide what you want and need and must do. It’s a tough, unimaginably lonely and complicated way to be in the world. But that’s the deal: you have to live; you can’t live by slogans, dead ideas, clichés, or national flags. Finding an identity is easy. It’s the easy way out.”
Zadie Smith, On Beauty
what I love about Zadie Smith, is that women are important in her writing and are important to the her. She described herself as a “serious feminist”. But it’s not only her feminism – it’s her decision to have black lead characters, too.
Her debut novel, White Teeth (2000), immediately became a best-seller and won a number of awards. Her most recent book is Feel Free (2018), a collection of essays. She has been a tenured professor in the Creative Writing faculty of New York University since September 2010.
White Teeth: won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ First Book Award. Included on Time magazine's 100 best English-language novels published from 1923 to 2005. #zadiesmith#literature#womenwriters#feminism#blackvoices#femaleheroes#fiction#nationalbestseller#newyorker#womensvoices#bookstagram#whiteteeth#shame#cooperandlepanto