Anyone who’s read a steady diet of literary fiction and award winners will have heard the name Zadie Smith. She shot to fame in her early twenties with White Teeth, which is surely one of the most impactful books of the 21st century written. Ever. Her follow-up, The Autograph Man, was interesting but unmemorable (I remember liking it, but not enough to keep it on the shelves, and I can only tell you that it involves male friendship, a friend’s dad, and boxing? I think?). I have not yet read On Beauty (though I’ve finally read Howards End, upon which it is based) or NW, though both are on my shelf and waiting impatiently for me. I put in my hold for Swing Time the minute I heard it was being published, and I was rewarded by my library. I just finished it today, and while I still have a lot to chew on, there are a few things I’m ready to review right now. Find out what I talk about in my full review!
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