Fall fiction: A parade of heavy hitters

  • by: LAURIE HERTZEL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 7, 2012 - 2:45 PM

ZADIE SMITH 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota Beginning with the 2000 publication of "White Teeth," which won her a six-figure advance when she was 21 and still a student at Cambridge, Zadie Smith has made a name for herself as a smart, lyric and unsentimental chronicler of modern-day multicultural England. Her new novel, "NW," focuses on a small corner of urban London and the people who populate and visit it. (It's also the neighborhood where Smith herself grew up.) Critics have called Smith irreverent, earnest and funny as hell. "NW" looks like it'll live up to that, and then some.

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