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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

About the Author

Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area. She is the author of White TeethThe Autograph ManOn Beauty, Changing My Mind, NW, Swing Time, Feel Free, and Grand Union.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143123939
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143123934
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.48 x 0.89 x 8.36 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time, as well as three collections of essays, Changing My Mind, Feel Free and Intimations, and a collection of short stories, Grand Union.

White Teeth won multiple awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.

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