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Swimming with Fishes Paperback – August 8, 2017
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RASHEDA ASHANTI MALCOLM is a writer, a playwright and the founder of the Candace Magazine, aimed at women of color. Her initiative was rewarded by many prizes, including the Black Business Woman of the Year, the National Black Women Achievement Award and more recently, the Pandora Award for Publishing. Rasheda’s first novel was a runner-up in the Saga Literary Prize. She initiated the Candace Black Women Achievement Award, and WILDE International Network. She currently teaches Creative Writing in London.
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Ben is no better with his weak integrity and self pity, which I find unattractive in a romantic lead. I don't accept general unhappiness and disquiet with the way his life has played out as an excuse to cheat on your wife and children. Ben actually thinks that because Kat is his first affair while a friend of his has had many lovers, that he isn't so bad. No, sir Ben. No, sir.
Another issue that I had with Swimming with Fishes is that the dialogue felt stilted and the dialect of the local characters was written in a way that was a bit off putting. The way the secondary characters were written seemed to emphasize how well educated Kat is and that she is somehow smarter and more sophisticated than the majority of the people in her life. The story is populated with stereotypical characters that you would expect to find in a close knit community. A nosy gossipy neighbor, a stern mother with strong religious beliefs, and a sassy straight shooting best friend who is willing to dish out tough love to Kat when needed.
I did enjoy Swimming with Fishes enough that I would pick up a second book by Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm to see if her writing moves in a different direction.
This is a nicely written novel with somewhat likeable characters. But Kat and her London-born friend Ben are a little rough around the edges. Perhaps that what chronic illness did to them.
This is a romantic novel with an interesting twist. The couple each has their own secrets.
This is a romance novel at heart and I really don’t choose to read them. That’s my bad. I didn’t read the review carefully enough when I ordered it.
I want to thank Netgalley and Jacaranda Books for forwarding to me a copy of this book to read.