Swing Time follows two young black women who grow up together in working-class northwest London in the 1980s, where music and especially dance become the focus of their childhoods. As adults they take two different paths in life, along with two different paths with dance, but always remain connected. While one is considered successful by going to school and maintaining a job, the other is left behind in her dreams. Smith challenges the reader, leaving her to question whether the narrator is more successful than her former friend in the end.
If someone told you they were the devil would you believe them? Fielding Bliss did. He was only thirteen when the devil came to town the summer of 1984, but even as an old man he will never forget how this experience changed the trajectory of his life. Reminiscent of the classic, To Kill A Mockingbird, Tiffany McDaniel creates her own story about two young boys, one black and one white, come to face one of the hottest summers in history, where everything they once knew to be solid, even their ways of life, melted.
(This book cannot be returned.)
Mansoor, covered in blood, is walking home through the markets of Delhi, as passers-by gossip about the bombing that just occurred while oblivious to one of its victims right in their midst. This is one from a series of scenes that opens Karan Mahajan’s sophomore effort, The Association of Small Bombs. Mahajan examines the personal and the political –– and the hairline divide between the two –– with tart effectiveness. Without flinching from India’s sundry social divisions and political conflicts, Mahajan also writes a novel that doesn’t drift from a very human-scale viewpoint, and that’s what makes the story’s gradual unraveling so engrossing.