White Teeth is a novel by British author Zadie Smith published in 2000. It chronicles the postwar lives of two wartime buddies in London—Bangladeshi Samad Iqbal and Englishman Archie Jones. The novel is centered on Britain’s connection with Commonwealth immigrants.
The novel received numerous awards, including the 2000 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, the 2000 Whitbread Book Award for outstanding first novel, the Guardian First Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize, and the Betty Trask Award. From 1923 to 2005, Time magazine featured the work on its list of the 100 Best English-language Novels.
The story of the novel begins with Archie Jones, a 47-year-old Englishman whose unstable Italian wife has just walked out on him, is trying suicide by gassing himself in his car on New Year’s Day 1975 until a chance interruption prompts him to reconsider. Archie flips a coin and soon finds himself in the wreckage of a New Year’s Eve celebration.
Author Zadie Smith
Zadie Adeline Smith FRSL is a novelist, essayist, and short storey writer from in the United Kingdom. White Teeth (2000), her debut novel, rapidly became a best-seller and garnered numerous prizes. Since September 2010, she has been a tenured professor in New York University’s Department of Creative Writing.
White Teeth Features
- The original publication year of the book is 2000.
- This pdf offers 504 pages to the readers.
- White Teeth, a four-part television adaptation of the novel, was produced and broadcast on Channel 4 in 2002.