Check out this month’s mind candy. . .
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith’s Swing Time is the story of two brown girls who love to dance. Both live in a low- income neighborhood in London, but only one, Tracey, is talented. The other, the narrator, has ideas: about dance, black music, what constitutes a tribe and what makes a person truly free. The narrator becomes an assistant to a world-famous singer and in the process learns how the 1% lives. The story moves from London to West Africa, where young men risk their lives to escape into a different future and where the women dance just like Tracey did back in London. “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…” – Ron Charles, The Washington Post.
Published in November, 2016, Swing Time was chosen as one of The Guardian’s Best Books of Fall, 2016, and one of Amazon’s Best Books of November, 2016. It has been positively reviewed by all leading publications—Dolores Donovan