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...A bigger problem is that the narrator herself remains curiously unknowable. Despite the vividness of many of those around her, and despite the focus of the first-person narrative (the first time Smith has told a story from such a stable perspective), she is difficult to picture...
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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 'Smith's finest. Extraordinary, truly marvellous' Observer 'Superb' Financial Times 'Breathtaking' TLS 'Pitch-perfect' Daily Telegraph 'A tale of two girls who meet in a West London dance class... A page-turner that's also beautifully written ' Glamour 'There is still no better chronicler of the modern British family than Zadie Smith' Telegraph SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2017 A dazzlingly exuberant new novel moving from north west 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, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be 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. Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it . . .
 

About the Author

ZADIE SMITH was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, Changing My Mind, and NW.
 
Published November 15, 2016 by Penguin Books. 461 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jon Day on Nov 04 2016

...A bigger problem is that the narrator herself remains curiously unknowable. Despite the vividness of many of those around her, and despite the focus of the first-person narrative (the first time Smith has told a story from such a stable perspective), she is difficult to picture...

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