Today I finished Zadie Smith's second book The Autograph Man. When I bought this at the local independent bookstore off the sale table, the nice bookseller told me that Smith fans thought this was her best book. I took this as a good sign having recently read On Beauty. I didn't like the second half of White Teeth -- but I really liked On Beauty so I was willing to give this a shot.
Smith has an interesting look at the world -- but it took a long time to get there with a character that I didn't really like all that much. But, I got there and so I move onto my next book. Sorry this isn't a ringing endorsement. I wish it were. I so wish it were.