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NW: A Novel

Smith, Zadie

ISBN 10: 1594203970 / 1-59420-397-0
ISBN 13: 9781594203978
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Hardcover
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New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012

“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

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 others 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 a 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 of 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.

Review:
Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: Zadie Smith's NW, an ode to the neighborhoods of northwest London where the author came of age, feels like a work in progress. For most writers, that would be a detriment. But in this case, the sense of imperfection feels like a privilege: a peek inside the fascinating brain of one of the most interesting writers of her generation. Smith ( White Teeth, On Beauty) plays extensively with form and style--moving from screenplay-like dialogue to extremely short stories, from the first person to the third--but her characters don't matter as much as their setting. Smith is a master of literary cinematography. It's easy to picture her creations, flaws ablaze, as they walk the streets of London. -- Alexandra Foster

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Book Description: Penguin. 1 Cloth(s), 2012. hard. Book Condition: New. (One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2012) This is the story of a city, or more specifically the northwest corner of a city, written by the Orange Prize–winning author of On Beauty and White Teeth. Here you'll find guests and hosts, those with power and those with no home at all, living cheek by jowl in London yet in separate worlds. And then there are the visitations—the rare times a stranger crosses a threshold without permission or warning, disrupting 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. This tragicomic novel by Zadie Smith (herself a denizen of northwest London) follows Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. "Endlessly fascinating. 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."—Washington Post"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."—Bookforum 401. Bookseller Inventory # 44363

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Book Description: Penguin Press HC, The, 2012. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "This is a book in which you never know how things will come together or what will happen next. NW represents a deliberate undoing; an unpacking of Smith's abundant narrative gifts to find a deeper truth, audacious and painful as that truth may be. The result is that rare thing, a book that is radical and passionate and real ." -Anne Enright, The New York Times Book Review "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 " Absolutely brilliant . So electrically authentic, it reads like surveillance transcripts." -Lev Grossman, TIME " 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 " Innovative and moving . This is a rich novel, as crammed with voices and layered with history and pop culture as is London itself. Smith's flair for dialogue reaches a new height in NW , as she conveys the rhythms and diction of a variety of Londoners with wit and acuity. The story of what happens inside a person when she rises above the situation she was born into was of interest to Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, among countless other novelists. Zadie Smith has delivered her contribution to this literary tradition with aplomb ." - Dallas Morning News "Smith has never been a writer who travels directly from A to B. Smith is not interested in exploring the unbroken line of cause and effect. What NW does offer, in abundance, is the sense of being plunged with great immediacy into the lives of these characters and their neighborhood. How wonderful to have a new version of London to explore ." - Boston Globe "If our everyday world suddenly turns dark, zany and lyrically weird one day, it''s probably because Zadie Smith has learned how to control us all. In NW , Ms. Smith takes her courageous forays into the vernacular to new heights , using perspectives that are perhaps more native to her but in a form that feels brand new." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Zadie Smith is not merely one of Britain''s finest younger writers, but also one of the English-speaking world''s best chroniclers of race, class, and identity in urban confines. Smith remains fearless, and there are moments that astonish. Her ambition and talent continue to awe. " - Philadelphia Inquirer "[ NW is] a real sign of how Smith has developed and grown. It is a terrific novel: deeply ambitious, an attempt to use literature as a kind of excavation, while at the same time remaining intensely readable, intensely human, a portrait of the way we live. " - Los Angeles Times " 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 e. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1594203970

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