Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

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An Oprah Editor's Pick and NPR Best Book of the Year

From the author of the award-winning and word-of-mouth sensation Our Endless Numbered Days comes an exhilarating literary mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final page.

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan.  

Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but he’s getting older and this unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father and to try to finally discover what happened to Ingrid. But what Flora doesn’t realize is that the answers to her questions are hidden in the books that surround her. Scandalous and whip-smart, Swimming Lessons holds the Coleman family up to the light, exposing the mysterious truths of a passionate and troubled marriage. 


About Claire Fuller

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Claire Fuller lives in Winchester, England. Our Endless Numbered Days is her first novel.
Published February 7, 2017 by Tin House Books. 356 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The follow-up to Fuller’s celebrated debut novel dives skilfully into delicate family dynamics and mysterious disappearances

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A missing mother’s letters offer her daughter clues to the past in this poignant multilayered tale of love and loss

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