Swimming Lessons (Paperback)Claire Fuller (author)
The author of Waterstones Book Club featured title, Our Endless Numbered Days returns with a poignant story of love and loss.
Gil Coleman looked down from the window and saw his dead wife standing on the pavement below.
Gil's wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years.
A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home, to the old swimming pavilion where they grew up. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother through letters left scattered behind in books that litter the house.
Is Ingrid dead? Or did she leave? And do the letters hidden within Gil's books hold the answer to the truth behind his marriage, a truth hidden from everyone including his own children?
Interweaving two narratives of daughters searching for a buried truth and a life told through letters from a woman long-gone Swimming Lessons is a strange and affecting novel about the gaps in our knowledge of each other. It is a story about ghosts: the ghost of a woman who vanished, the ghost of a life only partly known and the ghosts of lives left behind in the wake of profound and life-changing loss.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
"Thrilling, transporting, delicately realised and held together by a sophisticated sense of suspense . . . more than matches the power of Fuller's debut . . . Powerful , pleasing and pleasurable." - Sunday Times
"A compelling portrait of a complicated, unconventional marriage, and of flawed humanity, with all its secrets, silences and deceits. Excellent." - Mail on Sunday
"It's the sharp eye for detail, sometimes bizarre, that makes her writing stand out . . . A story suffused with the poignancy of miscommunication between people who love each other, of the things we can never really know. " - Guardian
"With Swimming Lessons, Fuller confirms herself as a writer of emotional depth, technical skill and sensitive plotting . . . What Fuller evokes beautifully are the complicated dynamics between fathers and daughters, sisters, lovers, friends." - Observer
"A deeply moving read, with a mystery that keeps you turning pages." - Oprah.com
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