What an incredible story! Claire Fuller creates characters who are flawed and yet sympathetic. Meet Gil, an aging writer and incorrigible Lothario, who sudden obsession with books leads his daughters to be concerned about his state of mind. Meet Ingrid, his wife who has been missing for eleven years, presumed dead, and whose voice haunts Gil through letters she had written, but didn’t send, just prior to her disappearance.
Swimming Lessons is an examination of a marriage gone awry, and the legacy it leaves for the offspring. As Gil faces his mortality, his daughters are forced to confront the demons left by their mother’s mysterious absence.
The question running through everyone’s mind (readers included) is: What happened to Ingrid? Has Fuller created the perfect revenge story, or is this an expose of the tragic foibles of marriage? Perhaps both. Definitely read for yourself to find out.
Writer, avid reader, former educator, and proud grandmother, currently experiencing life through the lens of ME/CFS. Words are, and always have been, a lifeline. Some of the best adventures, I'm discovering, take place in the imagination.