Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flor Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, ...

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Title:Swimming Lessons
Author:Claire Fuller
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:350 pages pages

Swimming Lessons Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jan 28, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

  • Elyse
    Nov 16, 2016

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

  • Constance
    Mar 14, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

  • Elaine Mullane
    Mar 20, 2018

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

    I very much enjoyed Fuller's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and was very much looking forward to her second effort, Swimming Lessons. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it even more than her debut. The plot very much appealed to me, and it was compelling from the outset. ...

    "Writing does not exist unless there is someone to read it, and each reader will take something different from a novel, from a chapter, from a line. It is true that no two people read the same book; everyone takes something different from what they have read. One thing that is cer...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Oct 14, 2016

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

  • Eve
    Apr 01, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

  • Nicola
    Jan 27, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

  • Anmiryam
    Jun 12, 2016

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

    I very much enjoyed Fuller's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and was very much looking forward to her second effort, Swimming Lessons. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it even more than her debut. The plot very much appealed to me, and it was compelling from the outset. ...

    "Writing does not exist unless there is someone to read it, and each reader will take something different from a novel, from a chapter, from a line. It is true that no two people read the same book; everyone takes something different from what they have read. One thing that is cer...

    So it took a long time for me to come back and actually post the review I wrote way back in the spring when I first read Claire's book! But here is a nicely edited* version thanks to the good folks at the ABA who used it (after cleaning up the messy stilted language) for February's Ind...

  • Claire McAlpine
    Jan 01, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

  • Karen
    Jan 14, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

    I very much enjoyed Fuller's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and was very much looking forward to her second effort, Swimming Lessons. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it even more than her debut. The plot very much appealed to me, and it was compelling from the outset. ...

    "Writing does not exist unless there is someone to read it, and each reader will take something different from a novel, from a chapter, from a line. It is true that no two people read the same book; everyone takes something different from what they have read. One thing that is cer...

    So it took a long time for me to come back and actually post the review I wrote way back in the spring when I first read Claire's book! But here is a nicely edited* version thanks to the good folks at the ABA who used it (after cleaning up the messy stilted language) for February's Ind...

    I was really excited to receive this book through the Book of the Month club subscription service. I had a choice of five books, with brief descriptions of the plot, and I selected Swimming Lessons based on the description. It sounded like a wonderful whimsical journey in time - a woma...

    (Nearly 4.5) ?It?s about believing two opposing ideas in your head at the same time: hope and grief. Human beings do it all the time.? This isn?t a happy family story. It?s full of betrayals and sadness, of failures to connect and communicate. Yet it?s beautifully written, ...

    Much to like about Swimming Lessons and even more to dislike. Pros: *Fuller's way with words. Cons:: *I just spent four days with unlikeable characters: Ingrid: Wife and passive doormat. Gil: Husband who betrays Ingrid et al in multiple ways (though I might have betraye...

    Swimming Lessons takes you on a journey through a bad marriage. A professor, Gil, and his student, Ingrid, marry for all the wrong reasons. What?s beautiful about this book is the letters Ingrid writes to her husband, but never gives to him. Instead she hides them throughout the hous...

    "A book becomes a living thing only when it interacts with a reader. What do you think happens in the gaps-the unsaid things, everything you don't write? The reader fills them from their own imagination..." This was fantastic. I fell in love... not just with the book; but with th...

    Ingrid has written multiple secret letters to her husband which she hides in some of the many books he has collected instead of facing him directly with troubles of their marriage. An interesting concept. Ingrid chooses each book wisely. And then she disappears. The easter eggs include...

  • Abby
    Jan 03, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 25, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

  • Anastasiya
    Dec 19, 2016

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

    I very much enjoyed Fuller's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and was very much looking forward to her second effort, Swimming Lessons. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it even more than her debut. The plot very much appealed to me, and it was compelling from the outset. ...

    "Writing does not exist unless there is someone to read it, and each reader will take something different from a novel, from a chapter, from a line. It is true that no two people read the same book; everyone takes something different from what they have read. One thing that is cer...

    So it took a long time for me to come back and actually post the review I wrote way back in the spring when I first read Claire's book! But here is a nicely edited* version thanks to the good folks at the ABA who used it (after cleaning up the messy stilted language) for February's Ind...

    I was really excited to receive this book through the Book of the Month club subscription service. I had a choice of five books, with brief descriptions of the plot, and I selected Swimming Lessons based on the description. It sounded like a wonderful whimsical journey in time - a woma...

  • Emily May
    Oct 19, 2016

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Mar 08, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

    I very much enjoyed Fuller's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and was very much looking forward to her second effort, Swimming Lessons. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it even more than her debut. The plot very much appealed to me, and it was compelling from the outset. ...

    "Writing does not exist unless there is someone to read it, and each reader will take something different from a novel, from a chapter, from a line. It is true that no two people read the same book; everyone takes something different from what they have read. One thing that is cer...

    So it took a long time for me to come back and actually post the review I wrote way back in the spring when I first read Claire's book! But here is a nicely edited* version thanks to the good folks at the ABA who used it (after cleaning up the messy stilted language) for February's Ind...

    I was really excited to receive this book through the Book of the Month club subscription service. I had a choice of five books, with brief descriptions of the plot, and I selected Swimming Lessons based on the description. It sounded like a wonderful whimsical journey in time - a woma...

    (Nearly 4.5) ?It?s about believing two opposing ideas in your head at the same time: hope and grief. Human beings do it all the time.? This isn?t a happy family story. It?s full of betrayals and sadness, of failures to connect and communicate. Yet it?s beautifully written, ...

  • Sarah
    Jan 19, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

  • Margitte
    Dec 02, 2016

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Feb 25, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

  • Tooter
    Apr 18, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

  • Jessica
    Nov 17, 2016

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

  • Nasia
    Oct 05, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

    I very much enjoyed Fuller's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and was very much looking forward to her second effort, Swimming Lessons. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it even more than her debut. The plot very much appealed to me, and it was compelling from the outset. ...

    "Writing does not exist unless there is someone to read it, and each reader will take something different from a novel, from a chapter, from a line. It is true that no two people read the same book; everyone takes something different from what they have read. One thing that is cer...

    So it took a long time for me to come back and actually post the review I wrote way back in the spring when I first read Claire's book! But here is a nicely edited* version thanks to the good folks at the ABA who used it (after cleaning up the messy stilted language) for February's Ind...

    I was really excited to receive this book through the Book of the Month club subscription service. I had a choice of five books, with brief descriptions of the plot, and I selected Swimming Lessons based on the description. It sounded like a wonderful whimsical journey in time - a woma...

    (Nearly 4.5) ?It?s about believing two opposing ideas in your head at the same time: hope and grief. Human beings do it all the time.? This isn?t a happy family story. It?s full of betrayals and sadness, of failures to connect and communicate. Yet it?s beautifully written, ...

    Much to like about Swimming Lessons and even more to dislike. Pros: *Fuller's way with words. Cons:: *I just spent four days with unlikeable characters: Ingrid: Wife and passive doormat. Gil: Husband who betrays Ingrid et al in multiple ways (though I might have betraye...

    Swimming Lessons takes you on a journey through a bad marriage. A professor, Gil, and his student, Ingrid, marry for all the wrong reasons. What?s beautiful about this book is the letters Ingrid writes to her husband, but never gives to him. Instead she hides them throughout the hous...

    "A book becomes a living thing only when it interacts with a reader. What do you think happens in the gaps-the unsaid things, everything you don't write? The reader fills them from their own imagination..." This was fantastic. I fell in love... not just with the book; but with th...

    Ingrid has written multiple secret letters to her husband which she hides in some of the many books he has collected instead of facing him directly with troubles of their marriage. An interesting concept. Ingrid chooses each book wisely. And then she disappears. The easter eggs include...

    ??? ?????? ? ????? ??? Fuller, ???? ????? ??????? ?? ??????? ?? - ???? ????? ???????? - ???????? "Our endless numbered days", ??????? ??? ? ????? ??? ????? ???? ???? to the point, ??...

  • Jen
    Jan 01, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

  • Neyly
    Mar 07, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

    I very much enjoyed Fuller's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and was very much looking forward to her second effort, Swimming Lessons. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it even more than her debut. The plot very much appealed to me, and it was compelling from the outset. ...

    "Writing does not exist unless there is someone to read it, and each reader will take something different from a novel, from a chapter, from a line. It is true that no two people read the same book; everyone takes something different from what they have read. One thing that is cer...

    So it took a long time for me to come back and actually post the review I wrote way back in the spring when I first read Claire's book! But here is a nicely edited* version thanks to the good folks at the ABA who used it (after cleaning up the messy stilted language) for February's Ind...

    I was really excited to receive this book through the Book of the Month club subscription service. I had a choice of five books, with brief descriptions of the plot, and I selected Swimming Lessons based on the description. It sounded like a wonderful whimsical journey in time - a woma...

    (Nearly 4.5) ?It?s about believing two opposing ideas in your head at the same time: hope and grief. Human beings do it all the time.? This isn?t a happy family story. It?s full of betrayals and sadness, of failures to connect and communicate. Yet it?s beautifully written, ...

    Much to like about Swimming Lessons and even more to dislike. Pros: *Fuller's way with words. Cons:: *I just spent four days with unlikeable characters: Ingrid: Wife and passive doormat. Gil: Husband who betrays Ingrid et al in multiple ways (though I might have betraye...

  • Paula Kalin
    Sep 23, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

    I very much enjoyed Fuller's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and was very much looking forward to her second effort, Swimming Lessons. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it even more than her debut. The plot very much appealed to me, and it was compelling from the outset. ...

    "Writing does not exist unless there is someone to read it, and each reader will take something different from a novel, from a chapter, from a line. It is true that no two people read the same book; everyone takes something different from what they have read. One thing that is cer...

    So it took a long time for me to come back and actually post the review I wrote way back in the spring when I first read Claire's book! But here is a nicely edited* version thanks to the good folks at the ABA who used it (after cleaning up the messy stilted language) for February's Ind...

    I was really excited to receive this book through the Book of the Month club subscription service. I had a choice of five books, with brief descriptions of the plot, and I selected Swimming Lessons based on the description. It sounded like a wonderful whimsical journey in time - a woma...

    (Nearly 4.5) ?It?s about believing two opposing ideas in your head at the same time: hope and grief. Human beings do it all the time.? This isn?t a happy family story. It?s full of betrayals and sadness, of failures to connect and communicate. Yet it?s beautifully written, ...

    Much to like about Swimming Lessons and even more to dislike. Pros: *Fuller's way with words. Cons:: *I just spent four days with unlikeable characters: Ingrid: Wife and passive doormat. Gil: Husband who betrays Ingrid et al in multiple ways (though I might have betraye...

    Swimming Lessons takes you on a journey through a bad marriage. A professor, Gil, and his student, Ingrid, marry for all the wrong reasons. What?s beautiful about this book is the letters Ingrid writes to her husband, but never gives to him. Instead she hides them throughout the hous...

  • Warda
    Feb 06, 2018

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

  • Hannah
    Feb 27, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

  • Dannii Elle
    Mar 13, 2018

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Mar 29, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

  • Bookin' It Fairy
    Jan 09, 2017

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

    I very much enjoyed Fuller's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and was very much looking forward to her second effort, Swimming Lessons. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it even more than her debut. The plot very much appealed to me, and it was compelling from the outset. ...

    "Writing does not exist unless there is someone to read it, and each reader will take something different from a novel, from a chapter, from a line. It is true that no two people read the same book; everyone takes something different from what they have read. One thing that is cer...

    So it took a long time for me to come back and actually post the review I wrote way back in the spring when I first read Claire's book! But here is a nicely edited* version thanks to the good folks at the ABA who used it (after cleaning up the messy stilted language) for February's Ind...

    I was really excited to receive this book through the Book of the Month club subscription service. I had a choice of five books, with brief descriptions of the plot, and I selected Swimming Lessons based on the description. It sounded like a wonderful whimsical journey in time - a woma...

    (Nearly 4.5) ?It?s about believing two opposing ideas in your head at the same time: hope and grief. Human beings do it all the time.? This isn?t a happy family story. It?s full of betrayals and sadness, of failures to connect and communicate. Yet it?s beautifully written, ...

    Much to like about Swimming Lessons and even more to dislike. Pros: *Fuller's way with words. Cons:: *I just spent four days with unlikeable characters: Ingrid: Wife and passive doormat. Gil: Husband who betrays Ingrid et al in multiple ways (though I might have betraye...

    Swimming Lessons takes you on a journey through a bad marriage. A professor, Gil, and his student, Ingrid, marry for all the wrong reasons. What?s beautiful about this book is the letters Ingrid writes to her husband, but never gives to him. Instead she hides them throughout the hous...

    "A book becomes a living thing only when it interacts with a reader. What do you think happens in the gaps-the unsaid things, everything you don't write? The reader fills them from their own imagination..." This was fantastic. I fell in love... not just with the book; but with th...

  • Kirsty
    Nov 13, 2016

    ?It?s difficult to live with both hope and grief.? I didn't really know what to expect when going into Swimming Lessons. I haven't read the author's previous work - Our Endless Numbered Days - and I couldn't decide from the synopsis whether I was going to get myself into anoth...

    Beautiful - Beautiful - BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm excited to share this book. It's another wonderful book I've read this year - with many terrific qualities!!! ......The gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. "Shielding her eyes, Flora look in the direction of the fading headlights: ...

    3.5 We first meet Flora when she is driving home through the night, a night it rains fishes. Having heard her father has had an accident, she is trying to get to him to make sure he is alright, her sister Nan is there, but Flora has been a daddy's girl, and needs to see for herself. He...

    A few years ago somebody told me that in any relationship there is always an "Ernie" and a "Bert" (from Sesame Street, you know?). I am always the Bert and I used to not particularly like that - because being the Ernie is more fun and people tend to like the Ernie's of the world more. ...

    There is no doubt that Fuller's prose is well-composed and vivid, but that did not redeem this book for me. Mostly, as the novel went on, it made me angry on Ingrid's behalf. Really angry. Both at her for not taking charge of her life and angry at every single other character for betra...

    "Gil...This is what happened?the facts, the reality. I've always found that reality is so much more conventional than imagination. And over the years I've imagined far too many things..."?Ingrid This is such a beautifully, heartbreaking book! It's also cathartic and hopeful. ...

    There's not much new in the plot of an older professor seducing a young student, who could have easily been his daughter and then through debauchery and a decadent lifestyle pushed her out of his life. She left him with two children, allegedly disappearing after a swim, never to be hea...

    5 Stars - Oh my, I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. ...

    I had a review copy of this book, but still selected it as my pick when it came around as an option for Book of the Month. I read her earlier novel and liked it, and was curious to see what would happen next. This is a little more ordinary of a storyline, about a marriage, the effect o...

    Dull, undeveloped cookie-cutter characters, boring plot, poorly paced, and lacks tension. It was very readable, somehow, yet I could've stopped at any point without wondering what happened next. Disappointingly mediocre. ...

    4.5? Wonderful writing, great story, interesting style. The book opens in 2004 with Flora rollicking in bed for two days with her current young man when she gets a call from her older sister to come ?home? because Dad?s had an accident and is in hospital. Nanette (Nan) is 5 an...

    Swimming Lessons was an extremely heavy read. Heavy in the sense of the plot, the characters, the grief they were facing due to the fact that the mother went missing and that there's been no closure for years. The only form of sense we have of the mother is through a series of letters ...

    This was a good read but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting a mystery but I wouldn't really consider this to be a mystery novel. There's certainly a mystery in the story - Is Ingrid alive or dead and what happened to her that caused her disappearance? The whole story...

    Posted on my blog too: https://jessicantread.wordpress.com/2... Won an arc of this and decided to read it before the release date. Still undecided on whether this was a good idea considering my current mental state. This book fucked me up. I was not prepared to be swept away by ...

    I got to read an advance copy through Book of the Month Club. What a fabulous book! One of the best I've read in a long time. Very, very well written. Beautiful, creative language and phrasing. The author lets readers use their brains, instead of spelling everything out for them. The r...

    Told through a series of letters that Ingrid leaves for her husband before her disappearance , Swimming Lessons, dissects a marriage and a woman's life. This is an absolute favourite read this year and if you are someone who has time for very few books, make sure you add it to the list...

    Swimming Lessons is an evocative, thought-provoking novel that begins with an intriguing mystery, evolving into melancholy as the events of Ingrid's marriage, the wife of Gil and mother of two young girls who disappeared 12 years before, are revealed. The novel begins with Gil insi...

    I was so mad after I read this book. The writing was good and moved well, but it was smoke and mirrors disguising the fact that the book was pointless. Basically, the book alternates chapters between the present, in which daughter Flora comes home to care for sick/aging father Gil, ...

    I went into this expecting a thriller and hoping for suspense. This was duly received, but there was also a lot more compacted into this than I had originally anticipated. Yes, there was a mysterious story-line, but the heart of the narrative dwelt on more familial and emotional topics...

    A beautifully written story about a flawed family who's memories and hopes over time get confused with reality. Ingrid, a college student, and Gil, her professor, have an unconventional love affair leading to pregnancy. This forces Ingrid to give up her academic goals in order to marry...

    I very much enjoyed Fuller's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and was very much looking forward to her second effort, Swimming Lessons. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it even more than her debut. The plot very much appealed to me, and it was compelling from the outset. ...