The Harvard Square Book Circle
discusses Zadie Smith's Orange Prize–winning novel
September 26, 2011
7:00 PM ET
Used Books Department
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will discuss Zadie Smith's On Beauty, winner of the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction.
On Beauty is the story of an interracial family living in the university town of Wellington, Massachusetts, whose misadventures in the culture wars—on both sides of the Atlantic—serve to skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political.
"A thoroughly original tale. . . . Wonderfully engaging, wonderfully observed. . . . That rare thing: a novel that is as affecting as it is entertaining, as provocative as it is humane."
—The New York Times
"A thing of beauty. Oh happy day when a writer as gifted as Zadie Smith fulfills her early promise with a novel as accomplished, substantive and penetrating as On Beauty."
—The Los Angeles Times
"Smith's specialty is her ability to render the new world, in its vibrant multiculturalism, with a kind of dancing, daring joy. . . . Her plots and people sing with life. . . . One of the best of the year, a splendid treat. " —Chicago Tribune
"Short-listed for [the 2005] Man Booker Prize, On Beauty is a rollicking satire. . . . A tremendously good read." —San Francisco Chronicle
Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes
As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and the Adidas Store. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.
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