Join us for our book club meeting on August 10 at 7:00 PM at June Blackwell’s House. We will be discussing the book White Teeth by Zadie Smith.
At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London’ s racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.
“If you come through Eau Claire, continue onto M-62 to Brush Lake Rd. (You should see a sign for Indian Lake Hills Golf Course just before you get there.) Turn left (north) on Brush Lake Rd. and go ~ 0.7 miles to the first road on your right, which will be Forest Beach St. Follow it toward Indian Lake, following the curve that bends to the right (south). Within a hundred yards or so, you will be headed toward the side of a white garage. Turn left, toward the lake on the small unmarked road just before you get to the garage. I am the 4th house on the lake side (cream with blue trim and dirty striped blue awnings). Park across the road from my house. It’s OK to park on the grass. Car pooling will be a good idea, as I have limited parking space.”