Swimming Lessons (Paperback)
Tin House Books, 9781941040935, 354pp.
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
February 2017 Indie Next List
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An exhilarating literary mystery, Swimming Lessons keeps readers guessing until the final page.
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.
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Praise For Swimming Lessons…
— Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of THE PARIS WIFE
A deeply moving read, with a mystery that keeps you turning pages.
A perfect book club pick.
— Book Riot
Delicious! Claire Fuller's Swimming Lessons is a kind of anti-cozy cozy mystery.
A 'choose your own adventure’ story for adults . . . A haunting, motivating, and fantastic read.
— Steph Opitz, Book of the Month Club
Eloquent, harrowing, raw . . . sure to keep readers inching off their seats.
— Kirkus Reviews
A tantalizing mystery.
Beautiful . . . [Fuller] delves deeply to examine the legacies of a flawed and passionate marriage.
— Booklist, Starred Review
Saving the best for last with revelations and surprises, Fuller’s well-crafted, intricate tale captures the strengths and shortcomings of ordinary people to show how healing is possible by confronting the darkest places.
— Library Journal, Starred Review