On Beauty by Zadie Smith

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Howard Belsey, a Rembrandt scholar who doesn’t like Rembrandt, is an Englishman abroad and a long-suffering professor at Wellington, a liberal New England arts college. He has been married for thirty years to Kiki, an American woman who no longer resembles the sexy activist she once was. Their three children passionately pursue their own paths: Levi quests after authentic blackness, Zora believes that intellectuals can redeem everybody, and Jerome struggles to be a believer in a family of strict atheists. Faced with the oppressive enthusiasms of his children, Howard feels that the first two acts of his life are over and he has no clear plans for the finale. Or the encore… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Physical abuse
  • Cheating (theme)
  • Disordered eating
  • Panic attack
  • Alcohol consumption
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