Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Book - 2017
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"In this spine-tingling tale Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but she never sends them. Instead she hides them within the thousands of books her husband has collected. After she writes her final letter, Ingrid disappears. Twelve years later, her adult daughter, Flora comes home to look after her injured father. Secretly, Flora has never believed her mother is dead, and she starts asking questions, without realizing that the answers she's looking for are hidden in the books that surround her."--From publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] : House of Anansi Press Inc., c2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION FUL
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 12, 2019

I found this book okay. I found the letters intriguing at first and the start of the novel caught your attention as Gil Coleman thinks he can see his wife on the street below a bookshop. Personally I think the book would be a good metaphorical read for people who have a hard time with situations that have no answers. Things work out okay and life moves forward. And just like the book you reach the end and there are no answers to the questions you have. It was an okay read.

Mar 19, 2018

While this wasn't universally loved amongst our book group, the story created great conversation. First of all, why is this book considered a mystery when the mystery is never solved? In fact, we had more differences of opinion and perspectives than answers. Why is the symbol of the fish so important? Why the title, "Swimming Lessons?" Who is learning to swim?

Oct 20, 2017

An utterly boring book. The plot goes at a snail's pace. Loaded with irrelevant but heavily described details. I painfully carried on till the end just to see what happened with the main character but the end was also disappointing, almost forced.

Jul 11, 2017

Interesting well rounded characters, and a good summer read.

Jul 08, 2017

A missing mother, dying father and two very different daughters fill the pages of this family story. Fuller writes the family’s backstory by letters wife Ingrid has written to her husband Gil and left in books he prodigiously collects. Inventive.

Great summer read that takes place at the family’s beach home off the coast of Hampshire in England. Great cast of quirky characters and a bit of mystery. Loved it.

Jun 09, 2017

Couldn't get into it.

Apr 25, 2017

Beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I enjoyed it very much.

bookishdl Apr 03, 2017

I'm afraid this just didn't work for me. I was interested enough to keep reading but it was so untidy in its delivery, I was all over the place with it.

Mar 27, 2017

A quick and compelling read. Fuller's portrayals of the characters are true to life and very convincing. I loved the ending, but felt it could have done without the epilogue.

Mar 24, 2017

An interesting book that kept me turning the pages, although I did foresee a couple of the 'surprises' before they occurred. Gil is a university professor, and Ingrid his student. Their lives together seem pretty muddled to me, and ultimately they're both to blame to some degree for the mess, however their children are who finally bear the parents' emotional burdens. The author's use of letters from Ingrid hidden in used books was a really interesting and nice touch and gave the book something unique in the plot-line. Ultimately the ending is one of those obscure ones that leave the reader guessing, at least up to a point and it wasn't entirely satisfactory in my opinion, but I'd still look for more from this author.


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Jul 17, 2017

Gil Coleman looked down from the first-floor window of the bookshop and saw his dead wife standing on the pavement below.

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