Writer Zadie Smith on family, freedom and facing the truth


Zadie Smith, author of NW poses for photographers before the announcement of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction at the Royal Festival Hall in London June 5, 2013. Photo: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

There's something about interviewing British author Zadie Smith that brings to mind Little Red Riding Hood’s reaction when she finds the wolf in bed dressed as her grandmother.

You know the line – “What big eyes you have!” And you know the wolf’s response: “All the better to see you with, my dear.”

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