By Zadie Smith
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143123934, 401pp.)
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
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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.