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One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2012
Set in northwest London, Zadie Smith’s brilliant tragicomic novel follows four locals—Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan—as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. In private houses and public parks, at work and at play, these Londoners inhabit 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 city-dwellers everywhere—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.
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From Publishers Weekly
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Smith is a masterful storyteller. Her novels never fail to consume me--the kind of books you are eager to fill any empty time with. NW has a forward momentum that also folds in beautiful, sometimes heart-breaking, moments of insight about how we are continually coming into ourselves, how we implicate and hurt others in the process, and how connected we really are even when it feels otherwise. Read NW, White Teeth, and On Beauty--each will pull you completely in, resonate & leave their own distinct mark long after the final page.
I hated this book- couldnt't even get through it. It was boring and very strangely written! I read a lot of books by many different authors and this was by far the worst!
It's book was interesting in parts but with no clear direction and it wandered off in way too many directions for me. At points it was very confusing and hard to determine who was speaking. Can't say I'd encourage someone to read it.