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The Night Swimmers by Peter Rock

The Night Swimmers by Peter Rock


Language: English | Format: epub | Size: 5.93 MB |



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"Swimming at night, to compare its slipperiness to that of a dream would be to ignore the work of staying afloat, the mesmerism brought on by the rhythm, the repetition of the strokes."

Beneath the surface of Lake Michigan there are vast systems: crosscutting currents, sudden drop.

Twenty years later, the narrator-now married with two daughters-tries to understand those months, his forgotten obsessions and dreams. Digging into old notebooks and letters, as well as clippings he's preserved on the "psychic photography" of Ted Serios and scribbled quotations from Rilke and Chekhov, the narrator rebuilds a world he's lost-those searching and uncertain drives, his vague wish to be a writer. He also searches for clues to the fate of Mrs. Abel, and begins once again to swim distances in dark water.

Review
Praise for *The Night Swimmers*
"Among the many pleasures of this riveting book is its intertextual nature: stitched through the story are old letters to a past lover, new emails from the past lover, the diary of a dead painter, a literary rejection note, and other bright scraps. The Night Swimmers is a beautiful delving, a rapturous dive into the mysteries of ordinary life."*--Leni Zumas, author of *Red Clocks
"Peter Rock has written a weird and haunting story about a younger man and an older woman who like to swim in the dark. Happily The Night Swimmers is no male coming of age story. Instead their secret nightly practice in a dark and foreboding lake shimmers as a queer refusal for either of them to grow up right." --Eileen Myles, author of *Afterglow*
"I sat down to read Peter Rock's new novel, The Night Swimmers, and didn't get up again until I'd finished, heart in throat, tears in eyes, mind spinning with all the things this kaleidoscopic book is about." --Susan Choi, author of *My Education*
"Part page.'" --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author
Peter Rock is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including My Abandonment, which was adapted into the film Leave No Trace, directed by the award.