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Swimming Home: A Novel by [Levy, Deborah]
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This short but extraordinary novel, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012, takes place in the south of France, where two English couples and one’s teenage daughter are sharing a vacation home. One day a woman, Kitty Finch, emerges naked from the swimming pool and becomes the force field shaping the couples’ actions and those of the few secondary characters for the succeeding week. Kitty is, in the words of Levy’s spare and haunting prose, “a window that was waiting to be climbed through.” The tension between the two families—poet Joe (Jozef) Jacobs, his war correspondent wife, Isabel, and their daughter, Nina; and Mitchell and his wife, Laura—is palpable, and Levy’s surgically precise language insightfully reveals their characters with the intensity of a tightly controlled play. Levy’s changes of pace and tone, from poetic to vulgar, drive this very arresting novel—at times suggestive of D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf—to its unsettling conclusion. --Mark Levine

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“Readers will have to resist the temptation to hurry up in order to find out what happens . . . Our reward is the enjoyable, if unsettling, experience of being pitched into the deep waters of Levy's wry, accomplished novel.” ―Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review

“Elegant . . . subtle . . . uncanny. . . The seductive pleasure of Levy's prose stems from its layered brilliance.” ―Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“Here is an excellent story, told with the subtlety and menacing tension of a veteran playwright.” ―Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“Exquisite . . . Levy's sense of dramatic form, as she hastens us toward the grim finale, is unerring, and her precise, dispassionate prose effortlessly summons people and landscapes.” ―The New Yorker

“Wholly new, fresh and yes, profound . . . [Swimming Home] floats like a wasp, and stings like one too.” ―Tucker Shaw, The Denver Post

“Ms. Levy is a stealthy storyteller, lulling us while busy scattering clues.” ―The New York Times

“Levy winds her characters up and watches them go, and they do as most humans do, which is to mess up in the face of desire. Her novel is utterly beautiful and lyrical throughout, even at the most tragic turns….A shortlisted nominee for the Man Booker Prize, deserving of the widest readership.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“Short, simple and haunting.” ―Huffington Post, Editor's Picks: Best Books 2012

“This perfectly written, expertly crafted short book…[is] so well done and so clever.” ―Chicago Tribune, Printers Row

“Levy is a keenly attentive writer, alive to the hyperreal nature of things, her prose achieving a hallucinatory quality as things seem to float out of the characters' minds and into the text … Levy manipulates light and shadow with artfulness. She transfixes the reader: we recognize … the thing of darkness in us all. This is an intelligent, pulsating literary beast.” ―The Telegraph (UK)

“A statement on the power of the unsaid … Levy's cinematic clarity and momentum … convey confusion with remarkable lucidity.” ―Times Literary Supplement (UK)

“Witty and poignant.” ―Sunday Times (UK)

“One of the finest new novels I have read (and already reread) in a long time … it radiates the sensual languor of sun-drenched afternoons in the south of France and the disquieting, uncanny beauty only perceived by a true daytime insomniac.” ―The Guardian (UK)

“Allusive, elliptical and disturbing…Often funny and always acute…Swimming Home reminded me of Virginai Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. Although a short work, it has an epic quality. This is a prizewinner.” ―The Independent (UK)

“Swimming Home is a beautiful, delicate book underpinned by a complexity that only reveals itself slowly to the reader.” ―Financial Times (UK)


Product details

  • File Size: 1066 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (September 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00992OLN2
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