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The swimmers / Julie Otsuka.


"A novel portraying a group of dedicated recreational swimmers and what happens when a crack appears at the bottom of their community pool"-- Provided by publisher.
"The swimmers are unknown to each other except through their private routines (slow lane, fast lane), and the solace each takes in their morning or afternoon laps. But when a crack appears at the bottom of the pool, they are cast out into an unforgiving world. One of these swimmers is Alice, who is slowly losing her memory. For Alice, the pool was a final stand against the darkness of her encroaching dementia. Without the fellowship of other swimmers and the routine of her daily laps she is plunged into dislocation and chaos, swept into memories of her childhood and the Japanese American incarceration camp in which she spent the war. Alice's estranged daughter, reentering her mother's life too late, witnesses her devastating decline"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593321331
  • ISBN: 0593321332
  • Physical Description: 175 pages ; 20 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: Swimmers > Fiction.
Japanese Americans > Fiction.
Dementia > Patients > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Américains d'origine japonaise > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Déments > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Mères et filles > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
FICTION / Asian American.
FICTION / Women.
FICTION / Friendship.
Life change events > Fiction.
Swimmers > Fiction.
Swimming > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Mother-daughter relationship > Fiction.
Loss (Psychology) > Fiction.
Genre: Fictional Work.
Psychological fiction.

Available copies

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Homer Public Library F OTSUKA (Text) 000164627 Fiction Available -

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