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Guess What's on Zadie Smith's Night Stand

November 18

Well, as one might guess, a lot of books.



But somewhere nestled among big names like Colson Whitehead, Michael Chabon, Teju Cole, and Proust, there's the little book that could . . .Lola Lafon's The Little Communist Who Never Smiled.

Winner of France's Prix de la Closerie des Lilas, Lafon's The Little Communist Who Never Smiled tells the complicated story of gymnast-wunderkind Nadia Comaneci, who stunned the world at the 1976 Olympic Games when she scored a perfect 10.0 on the uneven bars at the age of fourteen.

But it's also deeply, brilliantly ambivalent book about a clash of cultures between the United States and Communist Romania, where Comaneci grew up, as well as a thoughtful examination of gender and celebrity.

We hope that Zadie Smith find time in her busy schedule to give it a read! Check out her interview in the New York Times here.

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