Last week (July 12), it was reported that Swing Time novelist Zadie Smith would bestow two brand new works by 2019: one of fiction, in the historical context, and another a collection of essays.
At that time, it was revealed that Smith’s first work of historical fiction would be called The Fraud, which is a novel based in 1800s England and supposedly rooted in real-life moments extracted from history. Her second effort and the author’s newest anthology, however, had not yet been named, until now.
Feel Free is Smith’s anticipated essay collection which will go on sale at book stands on February 6, 2018—one year earlier than expected! According to a post on the writer’s Facebook page via Penguin Random House, the essays will be divided into four sub-categories, spanning themes like the importance of social media and its agency in literature to social justice topics, yet to be addressed in literature. (That is unless you’ve happened to read Angie Thomas‘ The Hate U Give.)
In addition to new reflections, Feel Free will bring together some of Smith’s already-acclaimed articles, previously published in gazettes like The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine and elsewhere.
Read Penguin Random House’s full message concerning Feel Free, below:
“Zadie Smith to Write Two New Books in 2019”: Originally written by Carliann Rittman
According to The Telegraph, The Fraud will be Smith’s first work of historical fiction and will take place in 1800s England— apparently inspired by real events. The Fraud has yet to be given a publication date and the other remains untitled as of now—though it is rumored to be a short story collection spanning two decades—both of which have been slated for release in 2019.
The 41-year-old English novelist often contributes short stories and essays to publications such as The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine, both of which profiles you can sift through to fulfill your craving for Smith’s quick and charming character crafting until her new works hit bookstands.
In 2000, Smith’s first novel White Teeth gained quick critical acclaim and earned the author the Whitbread Book Award for best debut novel. Her other works have been met with the same popularity, some of which have been adapted for television. Her 2005 novel, On Beauty, won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006 and claimed a spot on the Man Book Prize shortlist in the same year.
While Smith has yet to post further details pertaining to her new works on her Facebook page or elsewhere, we’ll be waiting (excitedly) to learn more.
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