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‘Grand Union’ by Zadie Smith

My favourite story in Zadie Smith’s Grand Union takes the form of a worksheet teaching fourth-graders how to write. The technique of dialogue (one of Smith’s fortes) is illustrated with a blank speech bubble: “These days it’s best to say nothing.”

Fortunately, Smith has plenty to say in her first short-story collection, which arrives on the heels of last year’s lauded book of essays, Feel Free. Smith has said that she turned to shorter compositions for relief while wrestling with the manuscript of Swing Time, her fifth novel…

Read the full article online in the Financial Times

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