Zadie Smith’s dazzlingly energetic and deeply human story about friendship, music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them.

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, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited. But never quite forgotten, either…

The Man Booker Prize 2017
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Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith

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Zadie Smith is a multi-award-winning author, who made a huge impact with her first novel, White Teeth.
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Other nominated books by Zadie Smith

On Beauty
The Autograph Man