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Author: Zadie Smith
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Psychological fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smith, Zadie.
Swing time.
New York, New York : Penguin Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016051641
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zadie Smith
ISBN: 9781594203985 1594203989 0735222479 9780735222472 9780241247310 0241247314
OCLC Number: 958865318
Awards: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence for Fiction, Shortlist 2017.
Description: 453 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Zadie Smith.

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"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"--
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Satisfying and thoughtful * Daily Telegraph * Publisher's description. Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet: a story about friendship and music Read more...

 
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