Picador, Hardcover, 9780312209360, 192pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1999
A moving short story collection about family life, love, and heartbreak by a writer hailed by Kirkus Reviews as having "a strong and distinctive vision of contemporary life in the isolated corners of the modern West"
Pete Fromm's fiction draws hope and possibility from the details of day to day life. Among the many memorable characters in Night Swimming, we meet a young man who becomes a janitor so he can follow his mother into a nursing home, all the while attempting to uncover a secret and wonderful past for her. We meet an FAA investigator who has spent his career listening to black box tapes--"eavesdropping on what become their very last words on earth"--yet finds himself struggling to discover the first clue about his own son's life. Filled with respect and even admiration for his characters, and the hope and possibility they bring to their day to day dilemmas, the stories of Night Swimming will affirm Pete Fromm's reputation as one of the nations' foremost fiction writers.
Pete Fromm won Pacific Northwest Bookslellers Awards for the story collection DryRain (1997) and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles. He has published over a hundred stories, earning nominations for the Pushcart Prize, among other honors. He lives with his family in Great Falls, Montana.
"It's time Pete Fromm was recognized as a first-string American storyteller."-William Kittredge, author of Hole in the Sky