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Swimming Lessons (Paperback)

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Claire Fuller's storytelling is masterful. I loved Our Endless Numbered Days for how I felt as a reader, that information was being revealed to me so artfully that I immediately wanted to reread the novel to better keep an eye on how it was done. While very different in plot and character, Swimming Lessons is so recognizable as Fuller's work; the story is not driven by the passing of time, but rather by the careful unraveling of insights for the reader. This novel is a beautifully-written literary mystery that dives deep into the complex inner-workings of a family. Memory and the past set the tone of the novel, but I was most affected by the messy yet profound love between the characters. 

— From Kelsey's Picks

February 2017 Indie Next List

“With Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller confirms her place as a writer of exceptional insight and warmth. This tale of a marriage, of a family, and especially of children bearing the brunt of the fallout of betrayals and abandonment, pulls you in and refuses to let you emerge from the lives of its characters until the tale is finished. Even then, it takes time to shake the spell the book creates. A wonderful follow-up to Our Endless Numbered Days, that explores similar themes through an entirely different story, Swimming Lessons will be a great book for fans of Fuller's first novel and will bring her new fans as well.”
— Anmiryam Budner (E), Main Point Books, Bryn Mawr, PA


Disenchanted by the life in which she's found herself, Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their passionate and troubled marriage. She hides them, unread, in the thousands of books Gil has collected over the years. Then she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two young daughters, Flora and Nan.

Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but he's getting older and his unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora, who has never believed Ingrid drowned, returns home to care for her father and investigate her mother's disappearance. But what Flora doesn't realize is that the answers to her questions are hidden in the books that surround her. Scandalous and smart, Swimming Lessons holds the Coleman family up to the light, exposing the mysterious truths of a turbulent marriage and the dangerous fault lines that remain.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781941040935
ISBN-10: 1941040934
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: January 9th, 2018
Pages: 354
Language: English