Book Club 1 – April

Swingtime   by  Zadie Smith 

The narrator’s mother is of Jamaican descent,  her father, a white working class man.  Her life intertwines with many  characters including her childhood friend, Tracey  who is also mixed race,  and Aimee a worldwide celebrity for whom she works. She seems not to identify specifically with either white or black culture.  She drifts through life,  goes with the flow  reflecting the Hausa proverb at the beginning of the novel  –  ‘When the music changes, so does the dance’.

The novel gave rise to mixed feelings followed by a satisfying discussion.