NW

by Zadie Smith

NW

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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

British novelist Zadie Smith is also the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty. In her latest book, NW, she lays out a problem for readers: Do people get what they deserve? Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Zadie Smith is the author of White Teeth and On Beauty. Dominique Nabokov/Penguin Group hide caption

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Zadie Smith is the author of White Teeth and On Beauty, among other books. Dominique Nabokob hide caption

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