From the author of the award-winning and word-of-mouth sensation Our Endless Numbered Days comes an exhilarating literary mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final page.Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them... show more
From the author of the award-winning and word-of-mouth sensation Our Endless Numbered Days comes an exhilarating literary mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final page.Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but he’s getting older and this unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father and to try to finally discover what happened to Ingrid. But what Flora doesn’t realize is that the answers to her questions are hidden in the books that surround her. Scandalous and whip-smart, Swimming Lessons holds the Coleman family up to the light, exposing the mysterious truths of a passionate and troubled marriage.
Publish date: 2017-02-07
Publisher: Tin House Books
Pages no: 356
Edition language: English
How could I not enjoy a book that is set in a house with books piled up against all the walls, on the sofa and spread over all flat surfaces? But the interesting thing about all these books is that they have been collected, not for the book itself, but for the "marginalia", the writings and doodles ...
Go for this book only if You have patience. LOTS and lots of it. If only I knew this before I sure wouldn't have attempted it. There was absolutely nothing about this book to like. The story was gloomy, okay that's fine but even though there were chances ...
Ingrid Coleman has been writing letters to her husband, Gil, and sticking them inside books he has collected over the years. In those letters she writes about the truth of their marriage; her side of the story. And after she's written her final letter she disappears, leaving behind Gil and their two...
Relationships are a mystery to outsiders. Perhaps it’s not so surprising after all that so much literary fiction attempts to peer inside disintegrating marriages. Most of what we know of a relationships comes from what a friend, one half of that relationship, tells us, with the slant that comes with...
What I like most about this novel was how typical and normal this family felt to me and that the ordeal that they were dealing with felt real, they felt as if they could have lived next door to me. The drama was not over-the-edge, the characters were people that I could relate to or they even have b...