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NW
by Zadie Smith

Overview - One of the "New York Times Book Review"'s 10 Best Books of 2012
Set in northwest London, Zadie Smith's brilliant tragicomic novel follows four locals--Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan--as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood.
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Overview
One of the "New York Times Book Review"'s 10 Best Books of 2012
Set in northwest London, Zadie Smith's brilliant tragicomic novel follows four locals--Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan--as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. In private houses and public parks, at work and at play, these Londoners inhabit 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 city-dwellers everywhere--"NW" is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780143123934
  • ISBN-10: 0143123939
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: August 2013
  • Page Count: 401
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP


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