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The Swimmers
The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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. PRAISE FOR JULIE OTSUKA: "Otsuka's keenly observed prose manages to capture whole histories in a sweep of gorgeous incantatory sentences" Marie Claire "Powerfully moving . . . intensely lyrical . . . verges on the edge of poetry" Independent "A tender, nuanced, empathetic exploration of the sorrows and consolations of a whole generation of women" Telegraph
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monalyisha
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This slim novel begins in the cool, blue tranquility of an underground pool. Silence is the way of this subterranean world, & each busy swimmer is quietly grateful for it. By the time we reach the end, however, the silence has been relocated & transformed. It becomes infused with such a desperate (but commonplace) sadness. In between, there‘s a spot of anxiety & utter absurdity. And isn‘t that life? A masterful piece of writing…but heartbreaking.

vonnie862 This was a great review! 1w
monalyisha Thanks! The compliment helps to take the edge off the residual depression.🙈 (edited) 1w
Amiable I love Otsuka‘s works —her writing is so lyrical. 1w
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Jas16
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Mehso-so

The writing style was enjoyable in the beginning when focused on the group of swimmers. However when the spotlight moved to Alice and her dementia it kept me feeling as if I were being kept at arm‘s length so this book ultimately did not have the emotional impact that was I anticipating. It was a quick audiobook and I liked it but was left feeling as if something was lacking.

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Jolynne
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So we‘ll written and so heartfelt. I have a big lump in my throat.

Suet624 I‘m trying to find this book. It‘s received great reviews. 1mo
Jolynne I did the audio from my library. 1mo
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BookNAround
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Otsuka is such an elegant writer. I‘ve loved her other books and am loving this one so far too.

britt_brooke Loved this one! 1mo
jlhammar Elegant - great way to describe her writing! One of my favorite reads this year (and I loved her other books as well). 1mo
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TrishB
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Mehso-so

I just wasn‘t feeling this, I think the writing style was just putting me off. There is some beautiful writing and some brilliant insights, but overall just didn‘t satisfy me.

emmaturi I started it but wasn't really feeling it so I had to DNF 1mo
Amiable Disappointed to hear this —I loved (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear ! I have a copy. It will be going down in the pile. 1mo
TrishB @emmaturi because it was so short I pushed through! 1mo
TrishB @Amiable @Cathythoughts there are still a lot of positive reviews here. I think if you get into the style you‘ll be fine. 1mo
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Hanna-B
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Reading this excellent book with my new specs
#specs #readingglasses #booknerd #otsuka

Bookwomble Fabulous 😎 And colour coordinated 💖 3mo
Hanna-B @Bookwomble thank you 💕. I love a bit of matchy match 3mo
TrishB Look great 😁 3mo
Hanna-B @TrishB thank you, I‘m tickled pink with them ☺️🌸 3mo
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Cinfhen
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#DoubleSpin This is more of a novella than a book and the collective we worked well for the first 30 pages but once it split into Alice‘s story I found the format less successful. I almost wished more of the book was about the “swimmers” and less about Alice and her decline into dementia. A creative way to tell an otherwise less than original story.

BarbaraBB It almost seemed like two different books indeed 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading I didn‘t love the format either. It felt like more of an outline than a novel. It wasn‘t fleshed out, to me. 3mo
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RebelReader @Cinfhen Disappointed to hear this as I‘ve enjoyed this author in the past. 3mo
Cinfhen I liked her other book too @RebelReader but this one while good was just not great @barbarabb @Prairiegirl_reading 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I've read a few books lately where I was like... is this an actual book or just an idea for one?? 3mo
TrishB Awww I ordered this the other day!! 3mo
Cinfhen Yeah @TheAromaofBooks it was ok but slightly disappointing- I still think you‘ll enjoy it @TrishB - it‘s a quick read and it is tender hearted 3mo
Cathythoughts Hmmmm 🤔 not sure if I still want to read this one. 3mo
Cinfhen My expectations were off @Cathythoughts - I‘d say #BorrowNotBuy or look for a #KindleDeal 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Achingly lovely, this one ultimately broke my heart. Dementia is a cruel, cruel mistress and I grieve for those who are caught in its clutches as well as those left behind.

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 3mo
Erinreadsthebooks Such a great book ❤️ 3mo
charl08 I love her work. 3mo
DivineDiana Wonderful review. I felt the same. ❤️ 3mo
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Kazzie
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The second half of the book read like memoir and it was a beautiful real account of dementia and maternal love. The first part was strange - not sure if it fit so well with the later half - perhaps a different way to tell about lost and uncertainty and changing perceptions of reality? Grey writer

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IamIamIam
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Mehso-so

A story of a pool, a bunch of strangers, and a woman who has memory loss. I didn't care for Otsuka's writing style at all or maybe it didn't translate well to audio. The asides were distracting, the repetitive questions were frustrating. This is absolutely a book club type book, just not my book club. Lol

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BittersweetBooks
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You may at times—dusk, Sunday evening, the middle of winter—find yourself suddenly overwhelmed by an intense physical desire to go home. All you want to do, you tell yourself, is sit down in front of the TV with your husband on the ugly brown couch and eat cold lo mein noodles one last time. And that would be enough. Just one ordinary day 🛋📺🍜

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IamIamIam
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God is going to strike me down but... this is all I can think about with these repetitive questions in this book....

JamieArc Always appreciate a Talking Heads reference 😂 4mo
IamIamIam @JamieArc 🤣🤣🤣 Same as it ever was.... 4mo
Megabooks 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
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IamIamIam
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I waited about 3 months for this to come in and I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to be getting out of this... 🤨

DivineDiana I recently finished this and loved it! In the beginning I felt the same way. It starts to come together after they leave the pool. 🙂 4mo
IamIamIam @DivineDiana Thanks for the encouragement!! It's short enough to keep going so based on your recommendation, I'll keep going! Lol 4mo
DivineDiana It is a quick read! Looking forward to your review! 4mo
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Prairiegirl_reading
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Mehso-so

So far, I‘ve had a pretty decent summer for reading but it has also been full of disappointments. This was definitely one of them. To me, this felt like an outline to a really great novel, not a great read. It‘s short, choppy, and I didn‘t like the third person point of view. There were some very poignant sentences, a few laughs, and some gut punches. I can‘t “pan” it but I didn‘t love it as I was expecting. #unpopularopinions

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Addison_Reads
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This is such a beautiful, heartfelt novella. I wasn't sure where the story was headed, but I didn't expect the second half to break my heart the way it did.

There is some truly gorgeous writing in this book about how we interact with others, the things we notice, and the relationships between mothers and daughters.

Ruthiella This is one from the #CampLitsy longlist I definitely want to read! 4mo
DivineDiana This book captured my heart. ❤️ 4mo
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DivineDiana
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The book begins with a story about a Swim Club. Swimming has played a big part in my life. Limited experience for me as an actual swimmer, but a massive amount as a “swim mom”. I could easily relate. What I was not prepared for was the turn away from the Club and the new focus on one of the swimmers. A Japanese woman who is losing memory. Deeply emotional. Spare, beautiful writing. A big thank you to my IRL Book Club for choosing this book. 5 ⭐️‘s

Cathythoughts Lovely review. I have this one ordered. 4mo
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts Thank you, Cathy. I look forward to your thoughts. ❤️ (edited) 4mo
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DivineDiana
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Starting next IRL Book Club choice. Meeting next week!

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NovelNancyM
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A short novel that will have a long lasting impact on me. Otsuka has a unique writing style especially her point of view & her beautiful sentences & spare words. Alice is a long-time swimmer at a lap pool where there is camaraderie among the regulars. Then a crack appears in the pool. Meanwhile, Alice's memory is diminishing & her daughter to whom she is not particularly close begins to deal with her mom's condition. A stunningly beautiful novel!

sailu112 Wow intriguing. Loved Buddha in the attic. Adding it to my TBR 4mo
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Brimful
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The swimmers is a devastating account of the decline of Alice, a dementia sufferer. We learn how Alice will experience her care home from the perspective of the commercial provider and how her family deal with her slow disappearance. The story‘s heart and humour lies in the opening of the book when the pool used by swimmers including Alice closes because of an inexplicable crack. That crack frames Alice‘s demise in a moving and powerful way.

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Brimful
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August begins like a slow shattering dream. Heat rises up from the dusty sidewalks. Lawns bake. Trees droop. The flowers have all lost their smell. A lone Good Humour truck, illegally double parked near the entrance to the school playground, drones it‘s slow maniacal song. But down below, at the pool, we throw ourselves into the cool, clear blue water and we carry on.

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DivineDiana
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Morning visit to the Library to pick up my reserves for various book groups. Very happy that none are chunksters! 🥳

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sarahbarnes
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I loved the narrative style of this book, which made me smile quite a bit in the first part of the story. I went in without really reading the blurb and so it definitely took a turn I wasn‘t expecting, although I liked it despite ending in a darker place than it began. Pictured here with the lavender that is one of the only things still alive in the drought-stricken yard at the moment. ☀️ Thanks for putting this one on my radar @Megabooks !

Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it! It‘s one I still think about. Really creative. 5mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#SwimmingPoolDay 🏊‍♀️ 🏊‍♂️ 🏊🏻 💦 #JulyJam 🪷🌱🌹

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Eggs Sounds so good!! 5mo
NovelNancyM Great picture!
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SqueakyChu
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This line made me cry, too. This whole beautiful story is making my heart hurt.

BarbaraBB It is so sad 💙 5mo
SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB I cried my eyes out at the end. I was devastated by this story. 5mo
BarbaraBB I do understand. Yet the writing was so lovingly. 5mo
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SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB I agree. The writing was so gorgeous. She was spot on with her descriptions. After reading this book, I went to read an interview with this author about the book. It was based on what happened to her own mother. (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB She couldn‘t have made it up, I thought so too. I didn‘t know about her mother, thanks! 5mo
SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB I posted the link to the interview above. I just read the transcript. 5mo
BarbaraBB Thanks!! 5mo
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SqueakyChu
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This line made me cry. 😭

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SqueakyChu
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This book is becoming so sad. 😢

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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 25/22

On audio I finished a #ReadingAfruca2022 book. In print, I read those three. All were good, but this week‘s favorite is Greengates!

Cinfhen I recently picked up this book on #KindleDailyDeal 5mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Looking forward to what you‘ll think. I am not sure if it‘s a book you‘d enjoy. 5mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, I‘m very curious now!!!! 5mo
Megabooks Agree re: the swimmers @Cinfhen , but I hope you end up enjoying it! 5mo
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SqueakyChu
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This book is starting out weirdly with the whole population occasionally swimming underground in a large pool. What?! I have no idea what to expect of this story. 😮 Ever onward...!

BarbaraBB It‘ll become a completely different story soon! 5mo
SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB Thanks! I can't wait. So far, this story is very intriguing. I'm thinking about its possibilities. I got this book from the library because I read Otsuka's other two books a long time ago and really liked them. 5mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this book a lot, though it‘s sad too. 5mo
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AvidReader25
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This was not what I was expecting, but the meditative writing was just what I needed. What begins as a story about members of an underground swimming pool quickly became a collection of short stories about a woman with dementia. It felt deeply personal and raw. Otsuka‘s unique writing style draws attention to the small details that make up or every day lives. There‘s a link in the comments to a fascinating interview with the author.

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BarbaraBB
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The swimmingpool is an escape for each of the regulars who go their frequently. Alice is suffering from Dementia but when she emerges from the pool she is always enlivened and alert.

When the pool closes permanently it‘s no longer possible for Alice to come up for air. Slowly she disappears below the surface in a world similar the the underwater one.

(Pic: Train in Switzerland)

melissajayne Sounds like a fascinating book 5mo
Megabooks Great review and lovely photo! 5mo
squirrelbrain Great review Barbara! 5mo
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Suet624 What a photo!!! 5mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I think I felt the same as you did. 5mo
BarbaraBB @melissajayne It‘s quite unique in style and content! 5mo
Tamra Stacked! 5mo
TrishB Lovely review and photo 👍🏻 5mo
Cathythoughts Sounds great stacking 👍🏻 beautiful picture 💫 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Stacking too! Have a good trip! 5mo
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squirrelbrain
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This starts off as a love story to the local swimming pool, where people go to forget their real lives. After the pool closes down, the book refocuses onto just one of the swimmers, Alice, who suffers from dementia, which seems to worsen after the pool‘s closure.

This was such a sad book, but it‘s beautifully written, the portrayal of Alice is very sensitive and I loved it.

jlhammar I loved this one too. One of my favorite reads this year so far. I really enjoyed this interview with Otsuka on NPR's Fresh Air:
https://www.npr.org/2022/02/22/1082297385/novelist-julie-otsuka-draws-on-her-own...
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BarbaraBB I just started this one too! 6mo
squirrelbrain Thanks @jlhammar - I‘ll check that out! 6mo
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB it‘s a really quick read! 6mo
Megabooks Great review! 6mo
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akfreeborn
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I‘ve read Otsuka‘s previous work but this one is my favorite. I love how unsettling the shift from pool life to “after the crack” is and how the shift became so meaningful, sad and personal. She is a keen observer with so much packed in few words.

jlhammar Yes, great review! I loved this book. One of my favorites this year. 6mo
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KathyWheeler
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This book, about a woman with dementia and her connection to a neighborhood pool, is incredibly sad. The writing style is also odd and poetic but fitting for the topic. Continuing to listen to The Fifth Avenue Story Society. It is written in 2020 and set in the present. Do people really still ask women if they‘d rather have the title of Mrs than CEO? I was insulted for the character! #audiowalk

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LibrarianChels
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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to enjoy this. It started out amusing, but then it became clear that I‘d be spending 176 pages reading paragraphs of what are essentially lists. Bailed at pg. 45.

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AmandaBlaze
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A beautiful and heart-wrenching book, dealing with memories past and present. When a local swimming pool is permanently shut down, a woman with dementia begins to unravel. It's a short novel that can be read in a day.

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KarenUK
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Moving, beautiful and just so brilliant. What starts as a lovely story of a community, of the bond of strangers at an underground swimming pool, becomes a devastating portrayal of one swimmer Alice, and her progressive dementia. It‘s a unique way to tell an all-too-familiar story of this terrible condition that slowly steals our loved ones from us.
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KarenUK The rhythmic writing is so clever, each part using repetition in such an effective way, the ‘we‘ of the swimmers, what ‘she‘ remembers, what ‘it‘ (a mysterious crack in the pool) means… and the scathing satire of a nursing home, telling ‘you‘ everything to expect. Definitely right book, right time, right reader. I was blown away by it. As a swimmer, I was captivated from the beginning, and as a daughter of a mother with early onset…… (edited) 7mo
KarenUK who no longer knows who she is, I could not relate more to Alice and her daughter‘s story. A Wow book for me. 💔 7mo
squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful, but tough. Sorry about your Mum 💔 7mo
BarbaraBB This must have been a hard read for you. Your review is very thoughtful and I really want to read the book. 🤍 7mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Otsuka‘s shifting narrative style works brilliantly! Through scant details, the group of swimmers, and community atmosphere, feel genuine. And the crack. Oh, the crack. Such clever storytelling! The scope then narrows to one particular swimmer and her experiences with memory loss. The snarky, yet accurate, chapter that reads like a long-term care brochure is satire at its absolute finest. A super emotional read for me. ⬇️

britt_brooke ⬆️ My grandma is currently living through very similar circumstances as Alice. It‘s heartbreaking. And a couple of years ago, we lost my far-too-young MIL to early onset Alzheimer‘s. This book made me cry a lot, but I loved it. ❤️‍🩹 #bookclub (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen Sold!! Beautiful review ♥️ 7mo
HeatherBookNerd It is a great book. Unique and moving. 7mo
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jlhammar Great review! Loved this book. One of my favorites this year. 7mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! I hope you love it, too. 💚 7mo
britt_brooke @HeatherBookNerd Extremely 💚💚 7mo
britt_brooke @jlhammar Thank you! It‘s one of my top reads of the year, too. 💚 7mo
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Erynecki
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I loved the first section. I am a swimmer and the descriptions of those who use the pool really rang true. The section about a mysterious crack at the bottom of the pool was sort of sci-fi like. The last part - her mother‘s dementia - is sad. The book is written in a very sparse style. Many ideas and themes circle round and round…kind of like a swimmer doing laps and ruminating about the daily insignificant tedium and existential questions.

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rmaclean4
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Autofiction about a writter who is losing her mother to dementia. Beautiful and heart breaking writting. 💔 4.5 🌟

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Erinreadsthebooks
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A superbly written and nuanced look into, first, the swimmers and secondly, Alice‘s battle with dementia and the effects it has on her husband and adult daughter. I loved this book! ❤️

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Erinreadsthebooks
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How in the world does this book about a pool closing have me tearing up right now?! ‘…—the lifeguard lifts his hand and says, quietly, “One more lap.”‘ 😩😭😭😭❤️.

Allyneedsbooks So good... 👏🏼 8mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Like my favorite podcast, I‘m “diving in.” 🤓🤩🌊

LeslieO Don‘t you just love when Virginia and Lou start laughing! I got this book from the #shelfsubscription from my other favorite podcast From the Front Porch. I haven‘t dived in yet, tho! 8mo
Erinreadsthebooks @LeslieO I think we might be bookish soulmates! I LOVE Annie Jones and her podcast, too. And yes to Virginia and Lou laughing! They are the best! My favorite is when they read Tessa Dare for their romance episode and got to laughing. They are so much fun! 😁👏 8mo
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Megabooks
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This is a very fresh way to write about dementia. A little Rachel Khong and a little Jenny Offill, Otsuka captures what it‘s like for families and what it must be like for patients. I don‘t want to go into the symbolism in the book because for me that‘s a spoiler, but I can stop thinking about its brilliance!

Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think you‘d like this too! 8mo
ChaoticMissAdventures She was interviewed on the NYT podcast about this book last week and it was a great chat, glad to see people liking it 8mo
Megabooks @ChaoticMissAdventures interesting! I‘m curious about what she said. I‘ll have to look it up. Thanks! 8mo
BarbaraBB Thanks Meg, I love when you have recommendations for me. Stacking right away. 💙 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 😘😘😘 8mo
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Bookboss
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This is a lovely novel in two parts. The first part is told from the first person plural viewpoint, and it describes the people who swim at a community pool. The second part focuses on one of those people who is suffering from dementia. My mother had Alzheimer‘s and my father had dementia after a series of strokes. Books about these diseases do not always resonate with me, but this one is lovely.

BookBabe Sounds good but also hard. My father had strokes too. He‘s since passed. I‘m tentatively stacking it if I feel like I can handle it 8mo
BookBabe Great review btw 👌🏻 8mo
Bookboss @BookBabe My parents passed a long time ago, so I feel that can read this now. Having insight on what you can and can‘t handle at a particular time is a good thing. 8mo
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britt_brooke
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YAY for #bookmail! 💌 Looking forward to reading this for my IRL #bookclub next month.

Megabooks I‘m on the fence about this so I‘m excited to read your thoughts! 8mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks I‘ll be sure to tag you in my review. 😄 8mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 8mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good! I‘ll look out for your review too 👍 8mo
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts I‘ll tag you too, Cathy! 8mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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A spare yet affecting story. The book starts out with a collection of swimmers at a particular pool - their habits, motivations, routines. An incident disrupts life for all the swimmers, throwing them all into new orbits. And then the story homes in on Alice, one of the elderly pool dwellers, as she gets swallowed up in her growing dementia. It is a great novel, a unique existential exploration of mortality and meaning.

charl08 I loved the part about the pool: made me want to go back. 8mo
britt_brooke Nice review! I‘m reading this for book club now and it‘s hitting me hard, but it‘s really good. Alice‘s stage of dementia is nearly identical to what my sweet 80 year old grandma has been experiencing the last couple of years. 😔 8mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Daily goals!

braddsibbersen Such a great feeling to burn through several short reads in a day / weekend! 9mo
AmandaBlaze Definitely! 9mo
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jenniferajanes
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A beautiful, moving look at one woman‘s dementia and the effects on herself and her family. I love the foreshadowing that occurs in the state of the pool at the beginning of the book. Having lost loved ones to dementia/Alzheimer‘s, this struck a nerve. #audiobook #Libby

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Hooked_on_books
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The Swimmers is an exploration of grief, loss, and change. It also includes one of the most brutally honest descriptions of nursing homes that I‘ve ever heard. I thought it was quite good, and the discussion at the beginning about why the characters swim made this former competitive swimmer want to get back in the pool.

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LeslieO
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This is the one I hoped would be Annie‘s pick for the March #shelfsubscription. Yay!

EvieBee I have this out from the library at the moment. I just love Julie. 9mo
jlhammar Yay! This one is so good. Enjoy! 9mo
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