by Zadie Smith


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Growing up in the same 1970s urban planning development in Northwest London, four young people pursue independent and reasonably successful lives until one of them is abruptly drawn out of her isolation by a stranger who is seeking her help.

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The ethnically diverse neighborhood of North West London ("NW"), where Zadie Smith grew up, is the setting for her latest novel. Smith first introduced readers to this corner of world in her novel White Teeth; NW is a more complex look at where the inhabitants of that world have landed. The two male characters in the story don't even know each other, but their paths intersect briefly and violently. The two women have been lifelong friends, but in adulthood the friendship is

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