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Critical Praise

"A boldly Joycean appropriation, fortunately not so difficult of entry as its great model… Like Zadie Smith’s much-acclaimed predecessor WHITE TEETH (2000), NW is an urban epic."

— Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books


"[NW] is that rare thing, a book that is radical and passionate and real."

— Anne Enright, The New York Times Book Review


"Endlessly fascinating... remarkable. ...The impression of Smith's casual brilliance is what constantly surprises, the way she tosses off insights about parenting and work that you've felt in some nebulous way but never been able to articulate."

— Ron Charles, The Washington Post



"A marvelously accomplished work, perhaps her most polished yet."

— Laura Miller, Salon


"A triumph... As Smith threads together her characters' inner and outer worlds, every sentence sings."

The Guardian