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... 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 north-west London
to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.
Praise for Zadie Smith: 'Smith is the most naturally gifted young
novelist around - with a fastidious ear for dialogue and a lethally
quiet comic touch. Above all, she can move us' Times Literary
Supplement '[Smith] packs more intelligence, humour and sheer
energy into any given scene than anyone else of her generation'
Sunday Telegraph 'Her dialogue sings and soars; terse, packed and
sassy. Smith is simply wonderful: Dickens's legitimate daughter'
Independent on NW 'Captivating. Funny, sexy, weird, full of acute
social comedy. [Zadie Smith] is up there with the best around'
Evening Standard on NW 'Intensely funny, richly varied, always
unexpected. A joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece. No better
English novel will be published this year' Daily Telegraph on NW
'Exceptionally accomplished... Smith displays a remarkable talent
for embracing all the possibilities of language, and time and again
she produces images that shout out in their brilliance... An
outstanding novelist' Observer on On Beauty 'Like Forster, Smith
possesses a captivating authorial voice - at once authoritative and
nonchalant, and capacious enough to accommodate high moral
seriousness, laid-back humour and virtually everything in-between'
New York Times on On Beauty