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NW: A Novel by [Zadie Smith]
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“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

“[NW] is that rare thing, a book that is radical and passionate and real.” —Anne Enright, The New York Times Book 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

“A marvelously accomplished work, perhaps her most polished yet.” —Laura Miller, Salon

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

“Smith's fiction has never been this deadly, direct, or economical . . . Where gifts are concerned, Smith is generous with hers; she writes, one feels, with our pleasure in mind . . . NW is Zadie Smith’s riskiest, meanest, most political and deeply felt book—but it all feels so effortless. She dazzles.” —Parul Sehgal, Bookforum

“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

“A powerful portrait of class and identity in multicultural London.” —Entertainment Weekly

“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

“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

“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

“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

From Booklist

*Starred Review* In her first novel since On Beauty (2005), Smith draws on her deepening social and psychological acuity and her intimacy with North West London to portray a quartet of struggling men and women linked by blood, place, affinity, and chance. Of Jamaican descent, Keisha, who renames herself Natalie, is smart, disciplined, ambitious, and duplicitous. Anglo Leah is unconventional, fearful, compassionate, and devious. They were close growing up together in public housing but are now leading somewhat divergent lives. Natalie is a corporate lawyer with a wealthy husband, two children, and a big, flashy house. Leah works for a not-for-profit organization and is married to a sweet French African hairdresser. As girls, they had crushes on schoolmate Nathan; now he’s mired in drugs, violence, and rage. Noble and ambitious biracial Felix crosses their paths just as his radiant integrity and kindness become liabilities. With exceptional discernment, wit, empathy, and artistry, Smith creates a breathtakingly intricate mesh of audible and interior voices while parsing family relationships, class and racial divides, marriage, and friendship. In this quintessential twenty-first-century urban novel depicting a vibrant, volatile multicultural world, Smith calibrates the gravitational forces of need and desire, brutality and succor, randomness and design, dissonance and harmony, and illuminates both heartbreaking and affirming truths about the paradoxes of human complexity. --Donna Seaman --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007T8YTHG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books; 1st edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 4, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 767 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 418 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1594203970
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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