Swing TimeBook - 2016
"A sweeping meditation on art, race, and identity that may be [Smith's] most ambitious work yet." -- Esquire
A New York Times bestseller * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction * Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
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.
Zadie Smith's newest book, Grand Union , published in 2019.
Featured Blogs and Events
Let’s be honest, 2016 has been kind of a hot mess. Between so many celebrity deaths (David Bowie, Sharon Jones, Prince, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, Elie Wiesel holy cow, SO MANY) and some, uh, general upheaval, most people are ready to write this one off as a loss. But! As much as we’d like to say goodbye and good riddance to the year as a whole, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one of the ... (more)
From Library Staff
A vivid, witty tour de force coming of age story about connections in friendship, family, society's divides and so much more!
Zadie Smith's latest novel is a nominee for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
LPL_ShirleyB Nov 11, 2016
Zadie Smith is coming to Lawrence on December 1st; her new book is a Carnegie Medal nominee. This book cleverly wraps insight about race and class into a complex coming-of-age story. The 1936 musical, "Swing Time", with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers is relevant to the story. In additio... Read More »
LPL_ShirleyB Oct 10, 2016
Zadie Smith's newest novel will be released soon! This thoughtfully fun, complex coming-of-age story is brilliantly wrapped in wry wit. While we may not learn the narrator's name, she offers poignant, insightful reflections of friendship, music, and cultural icons that speak about social divides ... Read More »