Zadie Smith is a technically gifted young writer whose work crosses racial and cultural boundaries. In her own life, Smith, raised in a multiethnic working-class area, was educated at Cambridge University and became a writer, moving across class boundaries while exploring the blurred lines among ethnic boundaries in contemporary urban life. Her characters are multiracial and global in their travels, moving easily in time between past roots and present chaos, and in place from London, to various countries of origin and memory, to New York and to New England. Boundaries between liberal and conservative are also crossed, especially in the friendship between Kiki Belsey and Carlene Kipps in On Beauty. Smith’s witty and contemporary voice, the wide scope of her novels, the vulnerability of her characters, and her social satire are elements of her work which have contributed to her phenomenal success with critics and public alike.