Swing Time

Zadie Smith

Two girls dream of being dancers but only one has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to be free. The close childhood friendship ends abruptly but is never quite forgotten. Bursting with rhythm, movement and energy, iIt is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it.


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‘Zadie Smith is the best writer of our generation, and Swing Time is her best book to date. As the title promises, the novel swings and pulsates with life, filled with emotion, excited by intellect and haunted by sadness. What a miracle that literature can still do things other forms of art cannot. What a miracle that Zadie Smith is among us, writing’, Gary Shteyngart