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Swimmer in the Secret Sea: Novella

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ISBN13: 9780811807159
ISBN10: 0811807150
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In spare, unsentimental language, William Kotzwinkle tells the unforgettable and painful story of a father-to-be: the joyful drive to the hospital on a cold Maine night, the strengthening bond with his wife during labor, a nervous, complicated delivery, and then the birth of an infant who will never have the chance to live.

First published in Redbook to enormous popular and critical acclaim, this novella also appeared the same year in Prize Stories 1975: The O. Henry Awards and as a paperback book. It has been out of print since 1981.

With uncommon beauty and honesty, Swimmer in the Secret Sea portrays one family's loss, acceptance and ultimately, affirmation. It takes us to where "life and death merge into one calm and shining sea" that has no end.

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"Swimmer in the Secret Sea is a deeply moving book. The textures of its delicately conveyed anguish, love, reverence, and acceptance make its grief all the more stunning." Publishers Weekly

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"Swimmer in the Secret Sea is a little book that will stay with you." The Saturday Review

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"I could not leave this story....Swimmer in the Secret Sea revelas a depth of emotion and an immensity of feeling seldom seen in American writers today." The San Francisco Review of Books

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marsdar, May 5, 2014 (view all comments by marsdar)
I first read Swimmer in the Secret Sea in Redbook Magazine, where it first appeared in 1975. I have never forgotten this story. I was a young mother of two boys, the youngest born in 1974, so the story resonated deeply with me. The story is beautifully written, both heart-breaking and inspiring. I have recommended it so often. I have not re-read the story, though I intend to, but I can only say that it has had a profound and lasting impact on me. When a friend of mine had a beautiful and seemingly perfect grandchild delivered stillborn. I believe "Swimmer" helped me approach the tragic subject with her with greater sensitivity. I asked if she had pictures of the baby and she showed me photos of the beautiful little boy, wrapped in a receiving blanket, lovingly held by his stunned and grieving parents. I am relieved attitudes
in our hospitals have changed since the story was written, and parents of stillborns are treated with the concern and respect they so desperately need. I can't help but think that this story may have had something to do with this shift.
I hope this poignant story will reach even more readers. It will stay with them for a long, long time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811807159
Subtitle:
(novella )
Publisher:
Chronicle Books
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Infants
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Infants (Newborn) -- Death -- Fiction.
Edition Number:
1st hardcover ed.
Series Volume:
86-3385-5
Publication Date:
1994
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
91 p.

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Product details 91 p. pages Chronicle Books,1994. - English 9780811807159 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Swimmer in the Secret Sea is a deeply moving book. The textures of its delicately conveyed anguish, love, reverence, and acceptance make its grief all the more stunning."
"Review" by , "Swimmer in the Secret Sea is a little book that will stay with you."
"Review" by , "I could not leave this story....Swimmer in the Secret Sea revelas a depth of emotion and an immensity of feeling seldom seen in American writers today."
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