Zadie Smith presents a fluid meditation, via a cross-racial relationship between two female protagonists, on race, class, geopolitics, dance, storytelling, history.

 

Genre: Books, Fiction.

Full Title: Swing Time.

Author: Zadie Smith, multi-award-winning British novelist, essayist, and short-story writer, author of White Teeth and On Beauty.

Publisher: Penguin Random House.

Place: New York, NY.

Description: Zadie Smith presents her fifth novel, Swing Time, a fluid meditation, by way of a cross-racial relationship between two female protagonists, on race, class, geopolitics, dance, storytelling, and history as they manifest in London, New York, and West Africa.

In fiction that is as ambitious as it is almost casually exuberant, Smith has readers follow the story of two brown girls dreaming of being dancers. Only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free.

It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten either, by the two women and us as readers.

For more details, see the book’s publication site at Penguin Random House.

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