This quote from Zadie Smith, is cited by Celia Walden in The Daily Telegraph as further evidence of the young (and annoyingly successful) author’s being “cantankerous”:
“In a lot of chick lit, depicting women slightly older than me, the sexual maturity is that of a nine-year-old. The sex is just this giggly and ridiculous activity one is subjected to in order to make a man stay in your house and marry you. There’s no honest expression of female sexual desire.”
I’m no fan of the woman, but Ms Smith has hit the nail on the air-head this time.
Why aren’t you a fan? I find myself torn about Miss Smith. I loved White Teeth and couldn’t put it down, but an ex-boyfriend of mine left his copy buried in the sand of a Cuban beach because he hated it so much, and when I heard that…Well, I could kinda understand it.