"This is a book in which you never know how things will come together or what will happen next... "NW" represents a deliberate undoing; an unpacking of Smith's abundant narrative gifts to find a deeper truth, audacious and painful as that truth may be. The result is that rare thing, a book that is radical and passionate and real."
--Anne Enright, "The New York Times Book Review"
"A boldly Joycean appropriation, fortunately not so difficult of entry as its great model... Like Zadie Smith's much-acclaimed predecessor "White Teeth "(2000), NW is an urban epic."
--Joyce Carol Oates, "The New York Review of Books"
"Endlessly fascinating... remarkable. ...The impression of Smith's casual brilliance is what constantly surprises, the way she tosses off insights about parenting and work that you've felt in some nebulous way but never been able to articulate."
--Ron Charles, "The Washington Post"
"Innovative and moving... This is a rich novel, as crammed with voices and layered with history and pop culture as is London itself. Smith's flair for dialogue reaches a new height in "NW," as she conveys the rhythms and diction of a variety of Londoners with wit and acuity. The story of what happens inside a person when she rises above the situation she was born into was of interest to Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, among countless other novelists. Zadie Smith has delivered her contribution to this literary tradition with aplomb."
--"Dallas Morning News
""Smith has never been a writer who travels directly from A to B... Smith is not interested in exploring the unbroken line of cause and effect. What "NW" does offer, in abundance, is the sense of being plunged with great immediacy into the lives of these characters and their neighborhood. How wonderful to have a new version of London to explore."
""If our everyday world suddenly turns dark, zany and lyrically weird one day, it's probably because Zadie Smith hshow more