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|A New York Times bestseller Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction An ambitious, 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, 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. Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live. But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey--the same twists, the same shakes--and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.|
|Publisher||Penguin Publishing Group|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||234981010|
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|Number of Pages||464 Pages|
|Reviews||"This is a story at once intimate and global, as much about childhood friendship as international aid, as fascinated by the fate of an unemployed single mother as it is by the omnipotence of a world-class singer...Smith''s attention to the grace notes of friendship is as precise as ever...''Swing Time'' uses its extraordinary breadth and its syncopated structure to turn the issues of race and class in every direction...We finally have a big social novel nimble enough to keep all its diverse parts moving gracefully toward a vision of what really matters in this life when the music stops."--Ron Charles, Washington Post "A dance itself, syncopated, unexpected, and vital...Swing Time may not parse easily and fits no mold, but it is uncommonly full of life." --Claire Messud, The New York Review of Books "A multilayered tour-de-force...Smith burnishes her place in the literary firmament with her fifth novel...The work is so absorbing that a reader might flip it open randomly and be immediately caught up. Its precision is thrilling even as it grows into a book-length meditation on cultural appropriation, played out on a celebrity-besotted global stage...Smith''s novels are set in motion by character, complex portraits that are revelatory of race and class."--Karen Long, Los Angeles Times "Brilliant...With Swing Time , Zadie Smith identifies the impossible contradiction all adults are asked to maintain -- be true to yourself, and still contain multitudes; be proud of your heritage, but don''t be defined by it. She frays the cords that keep us tied to our ideas of who we are, to our careful self-mythologies. Some writers name, organize, and contain; Smith lets contradictions bloom, in all their frightening, uneasy splendor."--Annalisa Quinn, NPR.org "Smith''s most affecting novel in a decade, one that brings a piercing focus to her favorite theme: the struggle to weave disparate threads of experience into a coherent story of a self...As the book progresses, she interleaves chapters set in the present with ones that deal with memories of college, of home, of Tracey. It is a graceful technique, this metronomic swinging back and forth in time...The novel''s structure feels true to the effect of memory, the way we use the past as ballast for the present. And it feels true, too, to the mutable structure of identity, that complex, composite ''we,'' liable to shift and break and reshape itself as we recall certain pieces of our earlier lives and suppress others."--Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker "Every once in a while, a novel reminds us of why we still need them. Building upon the promise of White Teeth , written almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith''s Swing Time boldly reimagines the classically English preoccupation with class and status for a new era--in which race, gender, and the strange distortions of contemporary celebrity meet on a global stage...No detail feels extraneous, least of all the book''s resonant motif, the sankofa bird, with its backward-arching neck--suggestive less of a dancer than of an author, looking to her origins to understand the path ahead." --Megan O''Grady, Vogue "[Smith] revisits familiar themes from her previous books--multicultural society, family, race, identity--but her convictions are stronger and her scope wider...A powerful story of lives marred by secrets, unfulfilled potential and the unjustness of the world. But she has interwoven it with another beautiful story of the dances people do to rise above it all." --The Economist "As soulful as it is crafty."--Lena Dunham, Lenny "Wise and illuminating...Smith is a master stylist, delivering revelatory sentences in prose that never once veers into showiness." --USA Today "Culturally rich, globally aware and politically sharp...One sentence of Zadie Smith can entertain you for several minutes...|
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