The Night Swimmer: A Novel

The Night Swimmer: A Novel

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by Matt Bondurant, Hillary Huber
     
 

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Matt Bondurant's novelThe Wettest County in the Worldwas aNew York TimesEditor's Pick, one of the San Francisco Chronicle's 50 Best Books of the Year, and is now a major motion picture. Bondurant has now deliveredThe Night Swimmer, an atmospheric tale infused with Hitchcockian suspense. When Fred and Elly Bulkington arrive in a small town on the southern coast of

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Matt Bondurant's novelThe Wettest County in the Worldwas aNew York TimesEditor's Pick, one of the San Francisco Chronicle's 50 Best Books of the Year, and is now a major motion picture. Bondurant has now deliveredThe 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 byher 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...

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Library Journal - Audio
After Fred Bulkington wins a pub in Ireland, he and his wife, Elly, leave New Hampshire in search of a simpler life. They encounter a closed and somewhat hostile community filled with opposing forces they don't understand. Elly, an open-water swimmer, frequently visits nearby Clare Island, where she inadvertently comes between two warring factions. Ancient mysteries, modern bullies, and a cataclysmic storm pursue the couple with fatal results. Narrator Hillary Huber is an excellent reader. While her use of an Irish accent differentiates those characters from the Americans, Huber does not noticeably modulate her voice between male and female, which sometimes makes it difficult to determine who is speaking. VERDICT Bondurant's story provides plenty of mystery but not enough explanation to tie the pieces together. His characters are multifaceted, but their complexities are not convincingly demonstrated in the narrative. Though the story's parts are well written, it doesn't come together as a whole. This book might appeal to readers of general fiction. ["This will appeal to fans of magical realism," read the review of the Scribner hc, LJ 10/1/11; the pb, also by Scribner, will publish in August.—Ed.]—Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence

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ISBN-13:
9780792785156
Publisher:
AudioGO
Publication date:
01/10/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
8
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.60(d)

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