71 pages 2 hours read

Zadie Smith

The Fraud

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2023

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Essay Topics


This novel is titled The Fraud because there are a few examples of characters who are fraudulent. What does the novel suggest about the nature of fraud? Who is a fraud in this novel—in what ways and why?


What is the significance of writing and the literary world in the novel? How are storytelling, literacy, and/or literary fame depicted? How do these elements illustrate the novel’s key themes and ideas?


Racism takes many forms in the novel, both overt and covert. What are some of the ways The Fraud explores and exposes racism?