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ORANGE - Penguin Canada

Grand Union
By (author): Zadie Smith
9780735235533 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Oct 08, 2019
$34.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6.13 x 9.25 in 256 pages Penguin Canada Hamish Hamilton
The first ever collection of stories from the bestselling and beloved author of Swing Time and White Teeth

In the summer of 1959, an Antiguan immigrant in north west London lives the last day of his life, unknowingly caught in someone else’s story of hate and division, resistance and revolt.

A mother looks back on her early forays into matters of the human heart—and other parts of the human body—considering the ways in which desire is always an act of negotiation, destruction, and self-invention.

A disgraced cop stands amid the broken shards of his life, unable to move forward into a future that holds no place for him.

Moral panic spreads like contagion through the upper echelons of New York City—and the cancelled people look disconcertingly like the rest of us.

A teenage scion of the technocratic elite chases spectres through a premium virtual reality, trailed by a little girl with a runny nose and no surviving family.

We all take a much-needed break from this mess, on a package holiday where the pool’s electric blue is ceaselessly replenished, while political and environmental collapse happen far away, to someone else.

Interleaving ten completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, Zadie Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, Grand Union is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.

VOICE OF A GENERATION: Zadie is one of the most recognizable and admired writers of her generation. She is the twice shortlisted, once winner of the Baileys Prize. She was also shortlisted for the Man Booker and twice named among Granta 20 Best Young British Novelists.

HUGE SALES: Zadie’s last novel, Swing Time, has sold over 22,466 copies across all formats in Canada. Her latest essay collection, Feel Free, was listed as a New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018.

BRAND NEW STORIES: Grand Union features ten of the best previously published stories from the New Yorker, Granta, and elsewhere, paired with ten entirely new stories written exclusively for this collection.

PERFECT GIFT: Grand Union will be an unmissable Christmas gift for every Zadie Smith fan.

ZADIE SMITH is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and Swing Time, as well as a novella, The Embassy of Cambodia, and two collections of essays, Changing My Mind and Feel Free. She currently lives in New York, where she is a professor of fiction at New York University. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian, The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books. Grand Union is her first collection of short stories.

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Publicity: Toronto event

Features/interviews likely with Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Elle, Chatelaine, NOW Magazine, CBC Writers and Company or Q


Praise for Zadie Smith:

“Zadie Smith is the best writer of our generation…What a miracle that literature can still do things other forms of art cannot. What a miracle that Zadie Smith is among us, writing.”—Gary Shteyngart on Swing Time


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