Swimming Lessons


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$25.95  $24.13
Tin House Books
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5.5 X 8.6 X 1.3 inches | 1.28 pounds

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About the Author

Claire Fuller is the author of Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize; Swimming Lessons; Bitter Orange; and Unsettled Ground, which won the Costa Novel Award and was a finalist for the Women's Prize for Fiction. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester and lives in Hampshire with her husband. www.clairefuller.co.uk


Claire Fuller's newest book is a kind of love letter to the complicated relationships that are part of the real world rather than the romantic fiction we build in our minds.--Read It Forward
Fuller proves to be a master of temporal space, taking readers through flashbacks and epistolary chapters at a pace timed to create wonder and suspense. It's her beautiful prose, though, that rounds this one out, as she delves deeply to examine the legacies of a flawed and passionate marriage.--Booklist, Starred Review
Claire Fuller's acrobatic new novel, about a family who has failed each other, inverts our expectations of narrative time to an astonishing effect: our experience of grasping for truth about those who have left is just as pained and urgent as her characters'. Fuller's sentences are condensed maps of the human process, unfolding in patterns we immediately recognize.--Kathleen Alcott, author of INFINITE HOME
Eloquent, harrowing, raw . . . sure to keep readers inching off their seats.--Kirkus
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
This would be a perfect book club pick, as it's a short novel that says a lot, and there's plenty to unpack.--Book Riot
Fuller has written a profound portrait of marriage, motherhood, and loss. It is a beautiful, devastating book.--Powell's Pick of the Month
Playing out the various scenarios is almost like a "choose your own adventure" story for adults. For me, Ingrid's story, voice, and perspective, makes for a haunting, motivating, and fantastic read.--Steph Opitz, Book of the Month Club Selection
Swimming Lessons continues Claire Fuller's mastery of beautiful language and heartbreaking imagery, which lays bare the stories of infidelities, lies, revivals of love and then demise of those loves. The women of this novel fight for their very souls, and their stories unfurl like flags of independence appearing in to wave from her landscape of great books and art and hope.--Susan Straight, author of BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HERE
Swimming Lessonsis so smoothly, beautifully written, and the human failures here are heartbreaking.--David Vann, author of AQUARIUM
Swimming Lessons hovers in the electric space between secrets and connection, between the desire to love and urge to hide. This is a biting, soaring novel.--Ramona Ausubel, author of SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF EASE AND PLENTY