Swimming Lessons (Paperback)

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In Swimming Lessons Claire Fuller explores the all too familiar pull of duty, expectation and guilt between a family in turmoil with an unsentimental eye, recalling some of the best work of the late, great and under-read Richard Yates. This is a bibliophile's dream, for reasons I will not divulge for fear of giving away a key element of the story. Trust me, it'll make your book shaped heart glow. Our Endless Numbered Days, Fuller's debut, was nothing short of brilliant and I can honestly say that you will see no sophomore slump with this gem of a novel.

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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