Two Histories

“Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.”

Zadie Smith, from White Teeth (2000)

Zadie Smith

Portrait of Zadie Smith via

Zadie Smith (October 25, 1975 – present) is a contemporary English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer. Her début novel, White Teeth (2000), immediately became a best-seller and won numerous awards. Smith was born Sadie Smith, but she changed her name to Zadie at age 14. She attended King’s College, Cambridge, where she studied English literature and moonlighted as a jazz singer. She is a fellow of the RSL (Royal Society of Literature) and is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. She divides her time between New York City and Queen’s Park, London.

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