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Reviews

  • Her wisdom is staggeringly beautiful, implicating each of us

    The Irish Times
  • Here comes the new Julie Otsuka novel, so we can begin to live again

    Colson Whitehead, author of Harlem Shuffle
  • Heartbreaking and astoundingly good

    Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers
  • I'm in awe of how this beautiful, graceful novel can hold so much grief and loss and love in its pages: a literary gem.

    Nicci Gerard, author of Soham: A Story Of Our Times
  • 'If it wasn't tragedy it would be comedy, and it nimbly treads the very narrow line between'

    The Tablet
  • 'One of the marvels of The Swimmers is its unshowy portrayal of the immense drama inherent in losing the mind before the body has expired. But perhaps even more impressive is its respect for the general confusion of living'

    Financial Times
  • Poignant and funny, I've never read such a brilliant account of this devastating illness, nor for that matter of the compulsive nature of swimming lengths in a pool.

    Collagerie
  • "The Swimmers" is an exquisite companion. Though it doesn't answer the unanswerable, the novel's quiet insistence resonates: that it is our perfectly ordinary proclivities that make us who we are.

    New York Times
  • An unforgettable novel about mothers and daughters by a spellbinding talent

    Daily Mail
  • Stylistically ambitious and deeply moving

    Kirkus Reviews

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