Swing Time - Zadie Smith

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The muse of dance extends her grace in Zadie Smith's kinetic novel, Swing Time, wherein it launches and lands passages engaging the complexities of racial identity, class privilege, and the psychic half-life of adolescence. Swing Time revolves around it's nameless protagonist/narrator and her childhood friend Tracey—both of whom are bi-racial brown girls, of similar means, who share a burgeoning love of dance's varied forms. These bonds, however, also mark the fault lines of their simpatico sisterhood, which reverberate into other familial and professional relationships developing in the novel. With uncanny rhythm, the narrative's order of time whirls out, back, and through the nineties to the aughts, tumbling temporal order as its setting arches across Europe, America, and Africa. Drawing upon plot devices from musical cinema, Swing Time also has an intertextual link to several routines and iconic dancers, including Ali Baba Goes to Town (Jeni LeGon), Thriller (Michael Jackson), and of course Swing Time (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers). Via technical form and plotted arc, the dance-inspired fiction of Zadie Smith's Swing Time is a steady lead for a spellbinding read.

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ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

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