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Swimmer in the Secret Sea

Kotzwinkle, William
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Five Leaves Publications
Published: April 1, 2009
ISBN: 9781905512508
96 pages


This novella tells the story of Johnny and Diane Laski – a sculptor and his wife – and their attempt to bring a new life into the world, during a cold winter, deep in the Maine countryside.

William Kotzwinkle describes the couple’s night-time dash to the hospital; the wife’s long labour; and the, ultimately, unsuccessful breech birth.

Unafraid of his subject, Kotzwinkle destroys any sentimental illusions about the beauty of childbirth – or the distance of birth from death.

He reminds us of how closely the two are intertwined; of the frightening power of the life force; and of the unpredictability and uncanniness of death.

And yet, his small book is not without hope…

“…Reveals a depth of emotion and an immensity of feeling seldom seen in American writers today.” — The San Francisco Review of Books

“A beautiful piece of work…the economy of the writing and the matter-of-fact acceptance make it immensely moving.” — Daily Telegraph

“A deeply moving book. The textures of its delicately conveyed anguish, simplicity make its grief all the more stunning.” — Publishers Weekly

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