The Night Swimmer (Hardcover)

By Matt Bondurant

Scribner, 9781451625295, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2012

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Description

From the "remarkable storyteller" ( San Francisco Chronicle ) and highly acclaimed author of The Wettest County in the World comes a suspenseful novel about a young American couple who win a pub on the southernmost tip of Ireland and become embroiled in local violence and intrigue.

Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World was a New York Times Editor's Pick, one of the San Francisco Chronicle 's 50 Best Books of the Year, and is being made into a major motion picture. Now, Bondurant has delivered The Night Swimmer, an atmospheric tale infused with Hitchcockian suspense.

When Fred and Elly Bulkington arrive in a small town on the southern coast of Ireland from Vermont, having won a pub in a contest, they encounter a wild, strange land and the native resistance to outsiders. As Fred immerses himself in the life of a pub-owner, Elly takes the ferry out to a nearby island where she--to the disbelief of the locals--is consumed by her ritual of open water ocean swimming, pushing herself to the limits. Elly becomes enmeshed in the island's troubles--the power struggles between an enigmatic goat herder and the family that has controlled the area for centuries--while Fred's sanity wavers and their marriage begins to unravel.

Filled with lush imagery of the Irish coast, crashing sea, rolling hills, and rich Irish lore, The Night Swimmer is a stunning novel that exposes the dark and unseen crevasses in the human heart.


Praise For The Night Swimmer

A “powerful book….Cheever by way of Mario Puzo and Jorge Luis Borges.” —New York Times Book Review



"Bondurant has given us a group of characters full of life and danger....This is a story that will stay with you." —Seattle Post-Intelligencer



“Bondurant has written another nervy, robust and suspenseful novel.” —Austin American-Statesman

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