Swing Time BY Zadie Smith
About two girls with brown from North London council estates have dream same of being dancers but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, about 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. The narrator goes to university and becomes an assistant to a pop star, living a detached life on planes and in rented townhouses
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 northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.