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On beauty
Zadie Smith
Adult Fiction SMITH

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Summary: A New York Times Bestseller Howard Belsey is an Englishman abroad, an academic teaching in a college town in New England. Married young, thirty years later he is struggling to revive his love for his African American wife Kiki. After Howard has a disastrous affair with a colleague, his sensitive older son escapes to England for the holidays, and defies everything the Belseys represent by going to work for a right-wing academic.


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main characters Howard Belsey
Male
White
Studied Rembrandt though he doesn't like Rembrandt; married for thirty years to Kiki; has no clear plans for his future.
Professor

Kiki Belsey
Female
African American
Howard's wife; former activist;.

Jerome Belsey
Male
Bi-racial
Howard and Kiki's oldest son; struggles to believe in God though his family doesn't; falls in love with Victoria.

Victoria
Female
Daughter of a right-wing icon; in love with Jerome.

Levi Belsey
Male
Bi-racial
Searches for authentic blackness.

Zora Belsey
Female
Believes intellectuals can redeem everyone.



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