Rowboat Book Club Book #57

This month we will be reading Zadie Smith’s book Swing Time.

In classic Smith style, her new novel is sweeping, packed with bold voices, and explores when and how our lives diverge from those we love. There’s the fraught friendship between two biracial girls forged over their mutual love of dance, a celebrity pop star attempting to build an orphanage in an African village, and a grown up narrator asking herself, “How did I get here?” She thinks, “A truth was being revealed to me: That I had always tried to attach myself to the light of other people. That I had never had any light of my own. I experienced myself as a kind of shadow.” This revelation about identity underpins the entire tale, as does Smith’s concern with class and race