Nw by Zadie SmithNw by Zadie Smith


byZadie Smith

Hardcover | September 4, 2012

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This is the story of a city.

The north-west 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.

Depicting the modern urban zone - familiar to town-dwellers everywhere - Zadie Smith's NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital like the city itself.

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...
Title:NwFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.34 × 6.22 × 1.08 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0670069051

ISBN - 13:9780670069057


Editorial Reviews

“Smith has an astonishing intellect—and she’s funny as hell.” - Newsweek"The mastery of it lies in its felt life, the clarity and density of its observation of how human beings live… intensely funny… richly varied... It is a joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece, and no better English novel will be published this year, or, probably, next." - The Telegraph"Her marvellous new novel, NW, crackles with reflections on race, music and migration in Brent’s north-west suburb of Willesden… Smith weaves a mesmeric story of social self-improvement, ambition and dashed hopes… Written in a witty, street-savvy prose, it captures a flow of poetry off the London streets… Brocaded with pages of concrete poetry and typographical eccentricities out of B.S. Johnson and David Foster Wallace, NW is a caustic, sometimes lyrical fiction for our times… It has been well worth the wait." - The Spectator"I have never found Smith so engaging as this… bracingly experimental… It is complex writing that is a pleasure to read… captivating… it is Smith’s most satisfying novel, funny, sexy, weird, full of acute social comedy, like London. She’s up there with the best around." - Evening Standard"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 Independent"As usual, Smith is shrewd and often very funny." - Daily Mail"London… exposed in all its teeming, ruthless grime." - Sunday Express"Zadie Smith’s wonderful new novel, NW, is a dense rendering of the social bonds and ruptures of a very particular corner of the city." - The Sunday Telegraph"Compelling. Smith’s ear for the ways in which people talk makes whole pages tingle. She is sharp, funny, superb on social detail, biting on class and its pretensions." - The Times"NW… will not disappoint… Smith’s prose is as stylish and sharp as ever… Smith captures the capital in all its brutal glory, with wit and pathos… NW is a richly rewarding read." - Tatler"Full of spot-on observations and dialogue." - Good Housekeeping"Smith reveals a dazzling portrait of 21st-century London." - Grazia"Pleasingly complex… Smith will inspire you to view London with fresh eyes." - Psychologies Magazine"It’s very good… Smith’s comedy and dialogue are both pitch-perfect." - Standpoint"Beautiful and complicated – just like the capital." - Asos Magazine"Astonishing… Really – without exaggeration – not since Dickens wrote Sketches by Boz has there been a better observer of London scenes… dazzling… Zadie Smith is a genius… It’s hard to imagine a better novel this year – or this decade." - AN Wilson, Readers Digest"A great tragi-comic." - Company"A flawless marriage of technique, social conscience and character… NW is a triumph... delightful, intelligent and fundamentally grown-up." - The Scotsman"One of the most eagerly awaited literary offerings this autumn." - The Bookseller"Packed with twists, turns and familiar details, it's a stirring, gripping piece of work." - Amuse“This is, hands down, [Smith’s] best novel to date.” - Toronto Star“[NW] is that rare thing, a book that is radical and passionate and real.” - Anne Enright NYT Book Review