Writers & Company Interviews Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith on the song and dance of telling a good story

Zadie Smith started writing her first novel, White Teeth, while she was still a student at Cambridge. The novel, which was published when she was 24 and sold over a million copies, tells the story of a cross-cultural, cross-generational, ethnically diverse London. Smith’s third novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize.

Eleanor Wachtel spoke to Zadie Smith from New York about her new novel, Swing Time. Smith describes Swing Time as being about “tap dancing, black women, money, poverty, sadness and joy.” The book’s two main characters — a nameless narrator and her friend Tracey — dream of becoming dancers, but as they grow up their lives go in very different directions.

Watch & Listen to the interview

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,March 8, 2017.

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