NW: A Novel
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 localsLeah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathanas 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 zonefamiliar to city-dwellers everywhereNW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.
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