The Night Swimmer

The Night Swimmer

A Novel

Book - 2012
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From the "remarkable storyteller" ( San Francisco Chronicle ) and highly acclaimed author of The Wettest County in the World comes a suspenseful novel about a young American couple who win a pub on the southernmost tip of Ireland and become embroiled in local violence and intrigue.

Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World was a New York Times Editor's Pick, one of the San Francisco Chronicle 's 50 Best Books of the Year, and is being made into a major motion picture. Now, Bondurant has delivered The Night Swimmer , an atmospheric tale infused with Hitchcockian suspense.

When Fred and Elly Bulkington arrive in a small town on the southern coast of Ireland from Vermont, having won a pub in a contest, they encounter a wild, strange land and the native resistance to outsiders. As Fred immerses himself in the life of a pub-owner, Elly takes the ferry out to a nearby island where she-to the disbelief of the locals-is consumed by her ritual of open water ocean swimming, pushing herself to the limits. Elly becomes enmeshed in the island's troubles-the power struggles between an enigmatic goat herder and the family that has controlled the area for centuries-while Fred's sanity wavers and their marriage begins to unravel.

Filled with lush imagery of the Irish coast, crashing sea, rolling hills, and rich Irish lore, The Night Swimmer is a stunning novel that exposes the dark and unseen crevasses in the human heart.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012.
ISBN: 9781451625295
Branch Call Number: FICTION BON
Characteristics: 274 p. : 24 cm.


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While this suspenseful story, set in the wild countryside of Ireland, is part marital drama, it is eerie, dark and strange enough to warrant a place on this list.

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Jun 27, 2012

Dark and haunting, it reminded me of John Irving's works. Recommended.

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