Books Swing Time by Zadie Smith Hardcover, 416 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $27 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleSwing TimeAuthorZadie Smith Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers NPR Summary Two dark-skinned dancers with very different talents share a complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in early adulthood in a story that transitions from northwest London to West Africa. By the author of "On Beauty." Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Also by Zadie Smith Feel Free NW Changing My Mind On Beauty Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Swing Time NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2016's Great Reads December 6, 2016 The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Zadie Smith has written several novels, including On Beauty, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005. Dominique Nabokov/Penguin Press hide caption toggle caption Dominique Nabokov/Penguin Press Author Interviews Novelist Zadie Smith On Historical Nostalgia And The Nature Of Talent Fresh Air November 21, 2016 Her new book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent to do so. Smith says talent is the most unfair of gifts; you either have it or you don't. Novelist Zadie Smith On Historical Nostalgia And The Nature Of Talent Listen · 46:23 46:23 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/502857118/502905915" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Review Book Reviews Know Thyself? 'Swing Time' Says It's Complicated November 16, 2016 The narrator of Zadie Smith's new novel is never named — fitting, for a book about the illusions of identity and the ways people try and fail to know and define themselves.