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An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North-West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-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 twenties, 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 North-West London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smith tackles…friendship and race—with her customary insight and grace.”


  • “Smith’s thrilling cultural insights never overshadow the wholeness of her characters, who are so keenly observed that one feels witness to their lives.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Excels at capturing the world of prepubescence, with all of its unwritten rites and rules and frank sexuality…It’s a world that feels real.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • "Swing Time is criticism set to fiction, like dance is set to music. One complements—and animates—the other.”


  • “[An] agile, propulsive coming-of-age novel…Smith’s humor is both sharp and sly as she skewers various targets, including humorless, petty social activists and celebrity culture’s inflated sense of importance.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Smith’s dry humor, deft characterization and thematic richness are on full display in this bittersweet story of black girlhood and growing up.”

    Huffington Post

  • Longlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • A November 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A Chicago Review of Books Pick of the 10 Best Books to Read This November
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A BookPage Top Pick for December 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2016
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