On Beauty by Zadie Smith
On Beauty is a 2005 novel by British author Zadie Smith. It takes its title from an essay by Elaine Scarry (On Beauty and Being Just). The story follows the lives of a mixed-race British/American family living in the United States. On Beauty addresses ethnic and cultural differences in both the U.S.A and the U.K., the nature of beauty, and the clash between liberal and conservative academic values. A short article in the Guardian has described it as a "transatlantic comic saga."
The 1745th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 4th on The 10 Best of the Decade(2000) (Entertainment Weekly)
- - 19th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)