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, 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.
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.
ISBN: 9780241144152 Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Publication date: November 15th 2016 Pages: 453
Two brown dancers, one has talent as a dancer, and one doesn’t. It talks about the complicated yet close friendship between these two girls (Tracey and her friend). This book is about relationships, culture (particularly brown culture) and a desire to do things for those who are less fortunate.
This book is the first book I’ve read by this author and whilst I liked the story, and the writing style was easy to follow, I didn’t find myself being wowed by it which is unfortunate as the synopsis sounded really interesting. I have been told that this isn’t one of her better works so I’m not surprised it left me underwhelmed.
Recommend for: Adults Rating: 4 stars