Grand Union: Stories

Grand Union: Stories

A dazzling collection of short fiction, more than half of which have never been published before, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and Swing Time

Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically-respected, and popular writers of her generation. In her first short story collection, she combines her power of observation and inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern world. With ten extraordinary new stories complemented by a selection of her most lauded pieces for The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta, GRAND UNION explores a wide range of subjects, from first loves to cultural despair, as well as the desire to be the subject of your own experience. In captivating prose, she contends with race, class, relationships, and gender roles in a world that feels increasingly divided.

Nothing is off limits, and everything--when captured by Smith's brilliant gaze--feels fresh and relevant. Perfectly paced, and utterly original, GRAND UNION highlights the wonders Zadie Smith can do.

Title:Grand Union: Stories
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525558996
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    Grand Union: Stories Reviews

  • emma

    my becoming-a-genius project, part 8!since you are reading this, it's likely you haven't seen projects 1 through 7 (because you surely would have unfollowed me by now), so here's the deal:i have decid...

  • Paromjit

    Zadie Smith gives us a wide and disparate collection of short stories, some of which have been published previously. As is often the case with short story collections in my view, it is a mixed bag, so...

  • AnnaLuce

    Grand Union: Stories was one of the most insufferable collections of short stories I've ever read.While I do think that Zadie Smith is a good writer I wonder whether she is one in actual practice...sa...

  • Henk

    A bundle of brief vignettes, that often tries to be cool or poignant, while lacking any internal consistencyAt times, I do wonder if there’s something slightly dishonest in this approach, that it t...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    *top 10 disappointing reads of 2019**top 10 worst reads of 2019*Just not for me. I just cannot get along with tye writing style. Most of the short stories try to tell about broken families and racism ...

  • Paul Fulcher

    Not having any academic background in ‘creative writing’I’ve never really understood the injunction ‘show don’t tell’, but now I think maybe it’s communicating the same basic concept –...

  • Ella

    I love Zadie Smith, I really really do. So I'll start with the good: There's loads of interesting ideas here.Everything I read by Zadie Smith lately comes with Christian Lorentzen's question/comment r...

  • BookOfCinz

    I remember reading Zadie Smith's NW and just not "getting it", even though I really wanted to. I have only heard great things about Zadie Smith and her writing. I figured I should take another swing a...

  • Chris

    Few writers capture dialogue as beautifully as Zadie Smith -- and are such empathetic observers. I loved so many of the short stories in this collection: they're smart and moving and surprising, and t...

  • Abbie | ab_reads

    3.5 starsThank you @penguinpress for gifting me an early copy of Grand Union by Zadie Smith! Bringing together eleven brand new, never before seen stories and a few well-loved stories previously publi...