Deeply personal and powerfully moving, this is a short and timely series of essays on the experience of lockdown, by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time. Suffused with a profound intimacy and tenderness in response to these unprecedented times, Intimations is a vital work of art, a gesture of connection and an act of love - an essential book in extraordinary times.
|Publisher||Penguin Audio; 2020|
Interleaving 10 new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker, Zadie Smith, presents a rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, this 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.
Four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - have left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. After a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel. Contains some explicit sexual scenes.
Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited but never quite forgotten, either....
This is the story of two North London families, one headed by Archie, the other by Muslim Bengali, Samad Iqbal. Pals since they served together in World War II, the riotous and tortured histories of the families are intertwined, capturing an empire's worth of cultural identity, history, and hope.