Zadie Smith’s NW — Here, there is no future

Thoughts on NW by Zadie Smith

While it is difficult not to read NW (2012) with Zadie Smith’s personal biography in mind, the novel is not centrally concerned with who she is as a person. At least not directly. Because NW is concerned primarily with a sense of the future. More accurately, Smith’s novel is concerned with the absence of a sense of the future.