Race, class, sex and guilt/
a liberal college town/
Long a huge fan of E.M. Forster, Smith pays homage with this modern retelling of Forster’s masterpiece Howards End. The results are terrific—a big, old-fashioned novel about class and family. Smith’s writing appears effortless; the plot is just as pertinent now as it was in Forster’s day, and her characters live and breathe like members of your own family.— Rico
Zadie Smith understands people the way Dostoevsky understood people: the ways in which where they come from and who they come from influence where and how they end up. Reading this book is like joining another family, and though every member is flawed - to say the least - each character feels like a real person. A nearly perfect book.— Jess
Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.