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Fiction Discussion Group

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)
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NW by Zadie Smith

Set in northwest London, Zadie Smith's brilliant tragicomic novel follows four locals--Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan--as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood.

In private houses and public parks, at work and at play, these Londoners inhabit a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end. Depicting the modern urban zone--familiar to city-dwellers everywhere-- NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.

Earlier Event: October 19
Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson
Later Event: October 23
Barbara Kingsolver