Nw

Paperback | August 6, 2013

byZadie Smith

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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 those 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 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 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.


 

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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 those 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 ra...

Zadie Smith was born in northwest London in 1975. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, and of a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People. Smith is a graduate of Cambridge University and has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities. She is a fe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.23 × 5.26 × 0.88 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143170287

ISBN - 13:9780143170280

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"An extraordinary vision of our age." - Washington Post

“This is, hands down, [Smith’s] best novel to date.” - Toronto Star

"The exhilarating crackle and sparkle of Smith’s prose. Her dialogue sings and soars… Page by effervescent page, NW delivers all the jostling, aromatic savour and spice of a stroll up Kilburn High Road… Smith is simply wonderful: Dickens’ legitimate daughter." - The Independant