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New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012 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 This is the story of a city. The northwest corner of a city. Here you ll find guests and hosts, those with power and those without it, people who live somewhere special and others who live nowhere at all. And many people in between. Every city is like this. Cheek-by-jowl living. Separate worlds. And then there are the visitations: the rare times a stranger crosses a threshold without permission or warning, causing a disruption in the whole system. Like the April afternoon a woman came to Leah Hanwell s door, seeking help, disturbing the peace, forcing Leah out of her isolation Zadie Smith s brilliant tragi-comic new novel follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their London is a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end. Depicting the modern urban zone familiar to town-dwellers everywhere Zadie Smith s NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself. Zadie Smith s newest novel, Swing Time, will be published by Penguin Press in November 2016."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 401 pages
  • 165.1 x 254 x 43.18mm | 680.38g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1594203970
  • 9781594203978
  • 144,873

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One of" The New York Times Book Review"'s 10 Best Books of 2012 One of "TIME's "Top 10 Fiction Books of 2012 One of "The Wall Street Journal's "Best 10 Fiction Books of 2012 A "New York Times" and "Washington Post "Notable Book of 2012 "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 greatshow more

About Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith was born in northwest London in 1975. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, Changing My Mind, and most recently, Swing Time."show more

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