13. White Teeth (2000)
Author: Zadie Smith
White Teeth was the subject of a bidding war before it was even finished; the auction for her unfinished novel occurred while Smith was still a student a Cambridge in the late '90s. One would think that a writer who was able to produce such great work so early in her career would have been devoted solely to writing. This was not the case with Zadie.
As a teenager, she split her time between musical theatre, tap dancing, and journalism before settling on writing. Zadie's family, it seems, was bursting with creativity on the level of the Royal Tannenbaums. She has two younger brothers: One is stand-up comedian Doc Brown and the other is rapper Luc Skyz.