Swing Time

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imageZadie Smith amazes me. Her most recent novel “Swing Time” reminds me a lot of its predecessor. Like “NW,” “Swing Time” is set in northwest London where the narrator meets Tracey at young age at a dance class. This story of friends coming of age in an environment of socioeconomic disenfranchisement sparkles because of Smith’s thaumaturgic predilection for capturing dialogue and investigating themes of identity, race and class. Tracey is the talented one with demons and the narrator is the good conscientious student, more tortoise than hare. Because of the similar themes and characters, this book was also redolent of Ferrante.

Nicole Charbonnet

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