by Zadie Smith
Clara Bowden Jones Timeline and Summary
- Clara moves to London with her mother in 1972.
- In 1974, she and Ryan Topps get in the scooter accident that knocks out Clara's front teeth.
- She meets Archie Jones on New Year's Day 1975, when she walks down the stairs in a commune. They are married six weeks later.
- By February of that year, Clara has abandoned all faith.
- Clara and her mother stop speaking.
- Not too long after she and Archie are married, Clara becomes pregnant with Irie.
- During this time, she and Alsana, Archie's friend's wife, form a cautious friendship.