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ISBN13: 9781594203978
ISBN10: 1594203970
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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.

Review:

"A triumph....As Smith threads together her characters' inner and outer worlds, every sentence sings." The Guardian

Review:

"Absolutely brilliant....So electrically authentic, it reads like surveillance transcripts." Lev Grossman, Time

Review:

"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

Review:

"A marvelously accomplished work, perhaps her most polished yet." Laura Miller, Salon

Review:

"NW offers a nuanced, disturbing exploration of the boundaries, some porous, some impenetrable, between people living cheek by jowl in urban centers where the widening gap between haves and have-nots has created chasms into which we're all in danger of falling." NPR.org

Review:

"A powerful portrait of class and identity in multicultural London." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"One of the most interesting portrayals of 30-something womanhood that I've come across in a long time. For other readers, Smith's brilliant eye and idiosyncratic ear should be ample enticement." Bloomberg News

Review:

"A master class in freestyle fiction writing. Smith mashes up voices and vignettes, poetry and instant messaging, bedroom preferences and murder, and keeps it all from collapsing into incoherent mush with deft, dry wit. Smith defines characters worth reading." Newsday

Review:

"Smith's masterful ability to suspend all these bits and parts in the amber which is London refracts light, history, and the humane beauty of seeing everything at once." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"In NW, Smith offers a robust novel bursting with life: a timely exploration of money, morals, class and authenticity that asks if we are ever truly the sole authors of our own fate." BookPage

Synopsis:

A new novel from Zadie Smith, set in Northwest London.

Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s' urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up here, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years later ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of success — whatever that means. Living only streets apart, they occupy separate worlds and navigate an atomized city where few wish to be their neighbor's keeper. Then one April afternoon a stranger comes to Leah's door seeking help, disturbing the peace, and forcing Leah out of her isolation....

From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, in this delicate, devastating novel of encounters, the main streets hide the back alleys, and taking the high road can sometimes lead to a dead end. Zadie Smith's NW brilliantly depicts the modern urban zone — familiar to city dwellers everywhere — in a tragicomic novel as mercurial as the city itself.

About the Author

Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, and the essay collection Changing My Mind.

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sill.maureen, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by sill.maureen)
Zadie Smith addresses class structures expertly. I loved this book, it was so incredibly beautiful and well written.
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lukas, January 25, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
I really liked Zadie Smith's exuberant debut novel, "White Teeth" (written when she was only in her 20s), and have continued to follow her career. I was a little disappointed in "On Beauty" and I strongly disliked her newest novel, "NW." Partly it was the style and even the formatting (different fonts, lack of indenting, lack of quotation marks, mini-chapters) that I found distracting. It's unfocused and irritating and while it could be described as experimental, it is in the worst sense of the word. A failure.
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Christopher A Bayerle, January 23, 2013 (view all comments by Christopher A Bayerle)
If you have read Zadie Smith's first two novels, this newest novel of hers may surprise you. A superb novelist, Smith attempts to develop a different sort of text with "NW," and she succeeds in building a novel still polished and finely crafted. She experiments with texture, with formal aspects of writing. She continues to investigate the dynamics of family: from the nuclear to the found families of a neighborhood, interconnected against the background of a location and culture in flux. There's a lot here, enough that I feel like I want to re-read this novel, that there's more to discover. And perhaps that's the mark of really great literature: the reader wants to return to it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594203978
Author:
Smith, Zadie
Publisher:
Penguin Press
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 416 pages Penguin Press - English 9781594203978 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A triumph....As Smith threads together her characters' inner and outer worlds, every sentence sings."
"Review" by , "Absolutely brilliant....So electrically authentic, it reads like surveillance transcripts."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A marvelously accomplished work, perhaps her most polished yet."
"Review" by , "NW offers a nuanced, disturbing exploration of the boundaries, some porous, some impenetrable, between people living cheek by jowl in urban centers where the widening gap between haves and have-nots has created chasms into which we're all in danger of falling."
"Review" by , "A powerful portrait of class and identity in multicultural London."
"Review" by , "One of the most interesting portrayals of 30-something womanhood that I've come across in a long time. For other readers, Smith's brilliant eye and idiosyncratic ear should be ample enticement."
"Review" by , "A master class in freestyle fiction writing. Smith mashes up voices and vignettes, poetry and instant messaging, bedroom preferences and murder, and keeps it all from collapsing into incoherent mush with deft, dry wit. Smith defines characters worth reading."
"Review" by , "Smith's masterful ability to suspend all these bits and parts in the amber which is London refracts light, history, and the humane beauty of seeing everything at once."
"Review" by , "In NW, Smith offers a robust novel bursting with life: a timely exploration of money, morals, class and authenticity that asks if we are ever truly the sole authors of our own fate."
"Synopsis" by , A new novel from Zadie Smith, set in Northwest London.

Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s' urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up here, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years later ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of success — whatever that means. Living only streets apart, they occupy separate worlds and navigate an atomized city where few wish to be their neighbor's keeper. Then one April afternoon a stranger comes to Leah's door seeking help, disturbing the peace, and forcing Leah out of her isolation....

From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, in this delicate, devastating novel of encounters, the main streets hide the back alleys, and taking the high road can sometimes lead to a dead end. Zadie Smith's NW brilliantly depicts the modern urban zone — familiar to city dwellers everywhere — in a tragicomic novel as mercurial as the city itself.

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