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Grand Union

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by Zadie Smith

Grand Union by Zadie Smith X
Grand Union by Zadie Smith
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    Oct 2019, 256 pages

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Erin Lyndal Martin
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Zadie Smith's Grand Union is a short story collection full of dry wit, formal experiments, and nuanced characters.

In Zadie Smith's debut short story collection, the accomplished novelist and essayist establishes herself as a phenom of the shorter form. All but four of the 19 stories in Grand Union have been previously published in literary journals, and all feature characters full of nuance, depicted with a balance of compassion and wit.

The author's humor is one of her most original, winning qualities. "Words and Music" is full of laugh-out-loud moments; I cracked up at relatable descriptions like this one: "Historically speaking, men with guitars have held their instruments in a certain way and pointed them at you like a penis and stood in the center of whatever space and drawn all energy to them like a lightning rod stuck on a church spire."

There's also a cackling hilarity to "Two Men Arrive in a Village" which opens with speculation about all the ways the story could begin: "No one can ...

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