Zadie Smith Discusses The Fraud

September 20, 2023

September 20, 2023

7:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Aratani Theatre, 244 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

$38.76/General admission + book

Event Description

Please join Skylight Books to celebrate the new novel from acclaimed and bestselling novelist Zadie Smith. The Fraud is a kaleidoscopic work of historical fiction set against the legal trial that divided Victorian England, and explores who gets to tell their story—and who gets to be believed.

It is 1873. Mrs. Eliza Touchet is the Scottish housekeeper—and cousin by marriage—of a once-famous novelist, now in decline, William Ainsworth, with whom she has lived for thirty years.

Andrew Bogle, meanwhile, grew up enslaved on the Hope Plantation, Jamaica. He knows every lump of sugar comes at a human cost. That the rich deceive the poor. And that people are more easily manipulated than they realize. When Bogle finds himself in London, star witness in a celebrated case of imposture, he knows his future depends on telling the right story.

Mrs. Touchet is a woman of many interests: literature, justice, abolitionism, class, her cousin, his wives, this life and the next. But she is also skeptical. She suspects her cousin of having no talent; his successful friend, Mr. Charles Dickens, of being a bully and a moralist; and England of being a land of facades, in which nothing is quite what it seems.



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