Zadie Smith's newest novel brings two young girls together through circumstance and their mutual love of dance, fostered by the musicals and music videos they grow up watching. Covering decades of their diverging lives, the novel jumps from London to West Africa to New York, all while exploring ideas of cultural appropriation, freedom and belonging. Throughout all these years, the complicated bonds of the girls' childhood friendship is present. Smith's characters are flawed and real, and her writing has a resonating humanity.
December 2016 Indie Next List
“In her gracefully written new work, the author of NW and White Teeth addresses the frustrations of family relations, the complications of race, the tyranny of celebrity, and the travesty of cultural appropriation. Smith looks at the fragile threads that tie friends together and how easily they can snap, and her prose flows without effort, granting even the most flawed characters --and there are many -- a modicum of redemption.”
— Peggy Latkovich (E), Mac's Backs Paperbacks, Cleveland Heights, OH
A New York Times bestseller Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for Fiction 2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist
An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from northwest London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty
Two brown girls dream of being dancers--but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, about 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. Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.
About the Author
ZADIE SMITH is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, and NW, as well as The Embassy of Cambodia and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has twice been listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists. She has won the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Guardian First Book Award among many others, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Baileys Prize. Zadie Smith lives in London and New York with her husband and two children. Swing Time is her fifth novel. The author lives in London, England and New York, NY.