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The Resource Swing Time

Swing Time

Label
Swing Time
Title
Swing Time
Statement of responsibility
Zadie Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
A New York Times bestseller * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction * Longlisted for the Man Booker PrizeAn 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.Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time
Summary
Spanning over twenty years and two continents, Smith’s new novel is a charming account of one woman’s coming-of-age. Smith’s unnamed narrator, a mixed-race child lives in one of London’s many low-end housing units. She meets Tracey and the two are bonded over the shared experience of being poor and “brown” in a class that is predominantly white. As the two stumble towards womanhood, the differences become more stark and divisive, and their friendship is fractured by Tracey’s final, unforgivable act. This book will appeal to lovers of character-driven fiction. -- Jennifer Wilson for LibraryReads
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Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2016
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
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10539802
Cataloging source
BT
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Target audience
adult
Label
Swing Time
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:6d8d866e-86ad-45fa-bdfe-e9f65d023d77
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780399564314
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Swing Time
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:6d8d866e-86ad-45fa-bdfe-e9f65d023d77
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780399564314
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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      5111 Jessamine, Bellaire, TX, 77401, US
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