“What I have realized, is that generations, they speak to each other, Jones. It’s not a line, life is not a line–this is not palm-reading–it’s a circle, and they speak to us. That is why you cannot read fate; you must experience it.”–Samad Iqbal, White Teeth
- Here’s what happens:
- This is the story of two intersecting family trees, and the unique colliding of branches and roots. There are the Bangladeshi immigrants, the Iqbals, descendants of a controversial rebel, and the mixed-race Joneses, half-Jamaican, half English paper-folder, and they are brought together by their patriarchs who served in World War II together. Together, these families brush up against modernism, religion, assimilation, and tradition.
- It’s good because:
- I started this book knowing I was going to love it, and I absolutely did. Smith delves into the nuances of several cultures with such delicacy and intimacy, and brings these experiences to life with fresh dialogue.
- Read if:
- My goal for this challenge was largely to read more diverse authors. Zadie Smith is an upcoming writer and a fresh voice for women of color, so if this is a goal you also have for yourself, read this book.
Up next: Angola with Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible!