27 December 2011

Today's Read: Night Swim by Jessica Keener

In Jessica Keener's Night Swim, Sarah remembers her fifteenth summer in 1970s Boston and the events that would forever change her and her family. My review of this emotionally realistic coming-of-age story will appear next week.

I've been through this hundreds of times, this stirring about the house at three, four a.m., this deep hour when people closest in my life, Alan—my husband—and three sons, dissolve like particles in a sea. Time at this hour doesn't follow lines but circles and dips into underwater caves.

. . . Then I turn off my computer, switch off my desk light, and in the darkness move down the hall to bed, returning to the past for answers, skipping as it is easy to do in my older mind from one year to the next, to a place that is no longer there. It's as if I [were] swimming toward forever, only backwards. (pp. 16-17)
Night Swim, by Jessica Keener (Fiction Studio 2012; quotes are from uncorrected proofs)

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Daryl 12/27/11, 7:54 AM  

Looking forward to the review!

Laurel-Rain Snow 12/27/11, 8:02 AM  

Oh, this one sounds wonderful! I'm looking forward to your review.

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Sandy Nawrot 12/27/11, 8:02 AM  

That is some beautiful writing! Can't wait to hear more.

Michelle 12/27/11, 8:11 AM  

Sounds a little mysterious!

Karen White 12/27/11, 8:23 AM  

I think coming of age stories are my favorite. Can't wait to see your review.

Beth Hoffman 12/27/11, 9:06 AM  

I'm eager for your review of this one!

bermudaonion 12/27/11, 9:11 AM  

I can't wait to read your review since I was 15 in the 70s.

Jessica ( frellathon ) 12/27/11, 10:02 AM  

Oh that does sound like an interesting read. Thanks for checking out my teaser.

Zibilee 12/27/11, 10:09 AM  

I loved this quote and will be excited to hear what you eventually have to say about the book!

Kathy Martin 12/27/11, 10:36 AM  

That is very evocative writing. I don't know if I could handle a whole book of it. I'll be eager to hear what you think.

I have a teaser from Winterling by Sarah Prinieas and from Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews this week. Happy reading!

Heather 12/27/11, 11:17 AM  

Great teaser. This one sounds really good. My post: Santa Cruise

Anonymous,  12/27/11, 12:39 PM  

A very interesting teaser.


Shelley Munro 12/27/11, 1:55 PM  

This one sounds interesting, and I look forward to reading your review. Thanks for visiting me.

Vicki 12/27/11, 3:48 PM  

Makes me want to know more!
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Fireflywishes 12/27/11, 6:28 PM  

I'm super intrigued by what happened in her past that she keeps thinking about and that changed her life so drastically!

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Yvonne 12/27/11, 7:35 PM  

This sounds like a great read!

Anonymous,  12/27/11, 8:22 PM  

Just that excerpt has me intrigued - adding to my TBR!

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Jessica Keener 12/28/11, 7:19 AM  

Thank you for selecting my novel for Today's Read. What an honor and a delight.


Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick 12/28/11, 10:08 AM  

I am excited to read this book next month for a tour. I just received it in the mail and want to jump on it right away. The passage you shared just makes me want to put everything else down and read it tonight! :)

Dorte H 12/28/11, 5:08 PM  

"... swimming toward forever, only backwards" - how well put!

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