Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel" (Rebroadcast)

Willesden Green in northwest London, England.
 - Image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user satguru

Willesden Green in northwest London, England.

Image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user satguru

Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel" (Rebroadcast)

Award-winning author Zadie Smith returns to the northwest area of London where she grew up in a housing project. Her new novel explores the different pathways of four people in their 30s who were all born in the same part of the city.

Twelve years after the publication of her award-winning first novel "White Teeth," Zadie Smith returns to the racially mixed, multicultural northwest sector of London where she grew up in the 1970s and 1980s. Her newest novel is titled simply “NW.” It took more her than seven years to write, and she has likened it to a “problem play.” The plot revolves around four people in their 30s who come from the same subsidized housing project. Through their eyes, she explores the complexities of the class system in London and how people from similar backgrounds can come to have vastly different destinies.

Guests

Zadie Smith

author of "White Teeth," "The Autograph Man," and "On Beauty.

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