Click for a larger image of Martha and Hanwell

Martha and Hanwell
by Zadie Smith

    Publication Date:
    Format: Paperback
    Classification: Fiction
    Page Count: 64
    ISBN13: 9780141023120
    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
    Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC

    Book Description:

    Martha and Hanwell is a Penguin Pocket collection of two short stories by British author, Zadie Smith.

    “Martha, Martha” was previously published in Granta 81 in 2003. Pam Roberts is a realtor who is showing potential accommodation to a newcomer to town, Martha Penk, but is finding her one-day-stand difficult to satisfy.

    “Hanwell in Hell” was previously published in The New Yorker in 2004. It takes the form of a letter to Hanwell’s daughter by a man who met him by chance one night in Bristol. The stories are prefaced by an Author’s Note in which Smith explores the medium of the short story and states that she is not a natural short story writer, finding it an art for which she does not have a talent. And perhaps if this volume consisted only of “Martha, Martha,” the reader might agree: despite the rich imagery in both stories and the Author’s Note, this story feels unfinished. “Hanwell in Hell” is, however, a perfectly wonderful short story, complete in and of itself. If this volume consisted of two stories of this caliber, this would be a five-star read. —Google Books


    Tell us what do you think about Martha and Hanwell.