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