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Articles, Interviews, and Reviews
- Mind the GapNew York Times Book Review,
By Anne Enright
Published: September 21, 2012
- I'm Nobody, Who Are You? On Zadie Smith's 'NW'The Nation, Alexandra Schwartz, November 20, 2012
- Was Zadie Smith's Novel 'NW' Worth The Wait?NPR, September 05, 2012
- Q&A: In Zadie Smith's 'NW,' Some Harsh Truths About Friendshippbs.org, Posted by Beth Garbitelli, October 31, 2012
- Review: Zadie Smith's 'NW' a powerful exploration of lives adriftSeptember 16, 2012, by David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
- 10 Questions with Zadie SmithThe Harvard Crimson, By Marina Molarsky-Beck, Crimson Staff Writer, September 27, 2012
Additional Titles by Zadie Smith
- Changing My MindISBN: 9781594202377A collection of Zadie Smith's nonfiction over the past decade.
- On BeautyISBN: 9781594200632
- The Autograph ManISBN: 9780375501869
- White TeethISBN: 9780375703867
Interviews with Zadie Smith
Topics for Discussion
Who is the true Leah Hanwell? Why do you think she decides to not tell Michel that she is pregnant? Do you think Leah is struggling with her sexuality? What do you think happens to Leah after Michel finds out she's been taking birth control pills?
Discuss the relationship between Leah and her mother. How does Leah feel about her mom? How does her mom feel about Leah? How do Leah's feelings change after her father dies?
Discuss the relationship between Leah and Natalie. Are they best friends, acquaintances or something else? Is there true competition in their relationship? How does Leah feel about Natalie? How does Natalie feel about Leah? Why don't the best friends confide in each other about their secret lives?
Discuss the relationship between Natalie and Frank. Are they in love or did they marry for other reasons?
- A Week in December byISBN: 9780385532914Set in London, it brings together an intriguing cast of characters whose lives apparently run on parallel lines but -- as it gradually becomes clear -- are intricately related.
If you liked NW, you might enjoy the following books.
- Capital byISBN: 9780393082074It's 2008 and things are falling apart: Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London--a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid, the young soccer star from Senegal and his minder--are receiving anonymous postcards reading "We Want What You Have." Who is behind it? What do they want?
- A Visit from the Goon Squad byISBN: 9780307592835Working side-by-side for a record label, former punk rocker Bennie Salazar and the passionate Sasha hide illicit secrets from one another while interacting with a motley assortment of equally troubled people from 1970s San Francisco to the post-war future.