On Beauty

Paperback | September 12, 2006

byZadie Smith

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Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful?

Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families—the Belseys and the Kippses—and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kippses, the confusions—both personal and political—of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.

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Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful? Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families—the Belseys and the Kippses—and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching...

Zadie Smith was born in northwest London in 1975. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, and of a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People. Smith is a graduate of Cambridge University and has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities. She is a fe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.9 inPublished:September 12, 2006Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143017632

ISBN - 13:9780143017639

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“Glorious. Wonderfully engaging, wonderfully observed … That rare thing: a novel that is as affecting as it is entertaining.” - — The New York Times