Swing Time by Zadie Smith

This novel follows the lives of two biracial girls who dream of becoming professional dancers. Although they both have talent, only one of them has the ambition to pursue it. As their lives diverge, one girl becomes a personal assistant to a pop star while the other lives a life of relative obscurity. The narrative explores themes of race, class, friendship, and identity, weaving a story that spans decades and continents.

The 9128th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 56

Since this book was first published in 2016, there is a penalty of 67.2%. The age adjusted score is 18.37.

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