The Struggle for Authenticity in and out of NW by Zadie Smith

NW, Zadie Smith, Northwest London

Zadie Smith’s NW is about different people living in Northeast London who are connected through time and environment. NW is a modern masterpiece. Smith easily weaves pop culture and classic literary references into tableaus that eventually all connect.  Her novel includes narrative, lists, stream of consciousness, and vignettes. She writes about interracial friendship, interracial marriage, interclass marriage and within these different relationships she explores perception versus actuality. In NW Smith questions what is authentic and what authentic means to each individual.

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