Grand Union (Paperback)
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Published: 08/10/2020
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A mercurial mix of established classics and brand new stories from the peerless Zadie Smith, Grand Union touches on themes and topics of tremendous relevance and power in this disjointed age. From reflective character study to gimlet eyed environmental dystopia, this collection is further proof of Smith’s mastery of the form.

Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020

The first ever collection of stories from the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted 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Interleaving eleven completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, Zadie Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction.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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241983126
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 182 g
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

She's a genius . . . It's bliss - Dolly Alderton

Sexy and hilarious . . . There is no moment in Grand Union when we are not entertained,or doubt that we are in the company of one of our best contemporary writers. - Guardian

Smart and bewitching, the modern world is refracted in ways that are both playful and rigorous, formally experimental and socially aware... Smith exercises her range without losing her wry, slightly cynical humour. Readers of all tastes will find something memorable in this collection - Publisher's Weekly

She's already one of our best novelists and essayists, this reminds us that her short stories are right up there too - Observer

Bewitching - Publisher's Weekly

The stories in Grand Union address both eternal existential queries and decidedly contemporary concerns. - FT

this is a book of and for the times, sobering in its clarity but bracingly witty and clever - Evening Standard

Smith's dialogue crackles with mordant wit . . . this dazzling collection of stories will leave you with plenty to think about. - Independent

Each story is a new surprise of literary genius that takes the reader on a short journey away from reality . . . A must-read for literary lovers everywhere - Vanity Fair

In these short stories she is miles and miles ahead, moving the finish line ever further as we are dazzled, knocked sideways by her craft . . . We see a master at work, exercising her vast talent with joy and vigour, reimagining old paradigms whilst maintaining the warmth and authenticity of her inimitable voice. For a writer who has seemingly done everything, it seems that Smith is just beginning - The Arts Desk

Grand Union seduces with language, acute observation, humour and the warmth of Smith's humanity. It's a startling, energising collection fom a writer unafraid to take risks - i

An exuberant volume that's bracing, thoughtful and frequently very funny - Mail on Sunday

Tremendous comic writing and snappy dialogue - Literary Review

Smith offers sharp social commentary in this wry collection of stories that takes on the complications of the modern world - Psychologies

Tackles subjects including cancel culture, desire and race with Smith's trademark insight and lightness of touch - Stylist

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“Slightly disappointing”

I was slightly disappointed by these. I am not sure why. I know it’s rare to enjoy all the stories in a collection, and there were some I did enjoy – in particular ‘Kelso Deconstructed’ – but overall I felt the... More

Hardback edition
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“Diverse and eclectic mix of stories”

A diverse and eclectic mix of stories from Zadie Smith, some you’ll like more than others, some won’t be for you, some you’ll come back to, and some will stick in your memory.

Just from the sheer fact of reading... More

Hardback edition
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Laura at Harrogate

“Some absolute gems”

This was such a fascinating collection of stories, some very much rooted in the real world and others with a definite speculative twist, all of which were written with Smith's flair for prose. As with all... More

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