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Publisher's Summary

An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from Northwest London to West Africa, from the multiaward-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 20s, 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 Northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.
©2016 Zadie Smith (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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Critic Reviews

"[Narrator Pippa] Bennett-Warner's delivery reflects...all the characters indelible personalities. She provides just the right nuances for the girls, their mothers, and the self-involved rock star the narrator works for. Don't miss this wonderfully written, convincing story, expertly delivered by Bennett-Warner." (AudioFile)  
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4 out of 5 stars
By BNBNYC on 02-19-17

Wonderful characters, no resolution -a very satisfying read

An engaging journey through two women's growing up years, from public housing to a third-tier university, one-name celebrities and the complexities of fighting African poverty. Many fascinating female characters, vivid writing and time-shifting made this an engrossing novel.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By janet3207 on 01-10-17

Brilliant performance, challenging story in audio

I found the storyline a bit challenging to follow when she shifted from childhood to young woman and back. But other than that I really enjoyed her descriptive language and felt as if I were there in the Villages and flats and places where she traveled. At what point did her mother begin living with a woman? After the Activist surely, but I did not recall an entry point for Miriam. It is a well-written book and I'm actually going to go purchase it so that I can read it and catch the places that I missed.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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