Zadie Smith talks about her third novel, On Beauty.
On Beauty is an analysis of family life, the institution of marriage and an honest look at people's deceptions. An infidelity, a death and a legacy set in motion a chain of events that forces everyone to examine the assumptions which underpin their lives.
Zadie Smith has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1999. She is the author of the novels "White Teeth," which won the 2000 Whitbread First Novel Award; "The Autograph Man," which won the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize; and "On Beauty," which won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her new novel, "NW," is out in September.