NW: A Novel

Zadie Smith
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.

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Reviewed: 2019-06-06

It took me several tries to get into this book and stick with it. It was the most experimental Zadie Smith I'd read at the time. On this, my second read, I found I truly loved this one. It's recursive and folds in on itself so beautifully - also so fierce, without having to temper that fierceness with farce. This is a more grown-up, more serious and incredibly devastating Zadie Smith. Well worth a read. 


National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2012), The Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize Nominee (2013), Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist (2013)

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