[Item #6076] NW. Zadie Smith.
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ISBN: 9781594203978
London, England, UK: The Penguin Press, 2012. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Zadie Smith. “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.” (from front flap) Set in a neighborhood in London, England, NW follows a cast of four young people looking to venture past their familiar childhood setting as they establish their adult lives. Zadie Smith (b. 1975) was born in London and understands the intricacies of the local culture. The wide-ranging demographics that make up this fictionalized version are not far from the reality of the Kilburn area of London on which it is based. Large populations of various African and South Asian ethnicities in addition to the English and Irish create a diverse and often contentious social construct. Inequality is evident with both expensive Victorian homes and council housing estates in the area. One of these council estates is where our protagonists meet and come of age; it is also from where they wish to break free. Their divergent paths separate and intersect with each other down the line, reminding them of the inescapable truth of their past and making them question where they are now. With experimental narrative style that represents the chaotic nature of their lives, each character’s perspective is expressed to reflect their own uniquity of personality and experience. An impactful later novel from Zadie Smith after her 2000 award-winning debut White Teeth, NW will become known as one of her best. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket: First Edition, “First published in 2012 by The Penguin Press, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,” as stated on copyright page, First Printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon. Author’s flourishing signature present on title page in black ink (see photos). Book is in Very Fine condition with only minor bumping to the fine edges and corners of front, back covers & spine. Dust-jacket is in Near Fine condition with moderate bumping to fine edges and corners of front, back covers & spine; moderate rubbing, spotting to the raised text graphics on front cover, possibly due to a sticker peeled off in one area, and the edges of back cover and spine. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #6076]

Price: $35.00

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