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Young English writer Zadie Smith roared out of Cambridge with her first novel "White Teeth" already in her pocket, and knocked the literary and publishing worlds on their ear with her debut bestseller.

With a voice all her own, sassy, smart as a whip and thrillingly vivid, she painted a world where the mesh of many cultures — black, white and in between — was rich, deep, and hilarious.

Now Zadie Smith is back with a new novel, "On Beauty," that takes aim at America's culture wars, and our raging comedy of colors and creed.

Hear a conversation with novelist Zadie Smith about her new book, "On Beauty".


Zadie Smith, author of "On Beauty"

This program aired on September 26, 2005.

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