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  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241543887
  • Imprint: Fig Tree
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $29.99

The Swimmers




A bold and lyrical novel about memory, love, a swimming pool - and the many ways we lose and find each other again

From the internationally bestselling author of The Buddha in the Attic
Up above there are wildfires, smog alerts, epic droughts, paper jams, teachers' strikes, insurrections, revolutions, record-breaking summers of unendurable heat, but down below, at the pool, it is always a comfortable eighty-one degrees ...

Alice is one of a group of obsessed recreational swimmers for whom their local swimming pool has become the centre of their lives - a place of unexpected kinship, freedom, and ritual. Until one day a crack appears beneath its surface ...

As cracks also begin to appear in Alice's memory, her husband and daughter are faced with the dilemma of how best to care for her. As Alice clings to the tethers of her past in a Home she feels certain is not her home, her daughter must navigate the newly fractured landscape of their relationship.

A novel about mothers and daughters, grief and memory, love and implacable loss, The Swimmers is spellbinding, incantatory and unforgettable. The finest work yet from a true modern master.

  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241543887
  • Imprint: Fig Tree
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. She is the author of the novel When the Emperor Was Divine and a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

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Praise for The Swimmers

A tender, nuanced, empathetic exploration of the sorrows and consolations of a whole generation of women

Telegraph - In praise of The Buddha in the Attic

Powerfully moving . . . intensely lyrical . . . verges on the edge of poetry

The Independent - In praise of The Buddha in the Attic

Intriguing . . . fleeting, singular images pile up and reverberate against each other to strange, memorable effect

Metro - In praise of The Buddha in the Attic

Sweeping, symphonic, empathic . . . subtle, infinitely skilful . . . an exhilarating, compulsive read. Otsuka's haunting, heartbreaking conclusion, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, is faultless

Daily Mail - In praise of The Buddha in the Attic

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