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  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905512503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905512508
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a little book with the largest of themes: birth and death. To tell precisely what happens ... would be like paraphrasing a poem. Suffice it to say that Kotzwinkle projects powerful feelings of love and loss. 'Swimmer in the Secret Sea' appeared first in Redbook and was among the O. Henry Prize stories of 1975. It is good to see that it has achieved a life of its own. --New York Times Book Review

'During that time, we managed to agree on only one short novel . . . William Kotzwinkle's Swimmer in the Secret Sea. He thought it was beautifully formed, I thought it was wise and sad.' --Serena Frome - in Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth

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William Kotzwinkle is the author of many acclaimed children's books, including Walter the Farting Dog and ET: The Extra-Terrestrial. He has also written many novels and short story collections. He is a two-time winner of both the National Magazine Award for Fiction and the World Fantasy Award.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By george.phillips87@btinternet.com on 15 April 2002
Format: Paperback
This short story is staggering in it's simplicity; couple have baby, baby dies, baby is buried. That's all.
The magic of William Kotzwinkle's writing is his ability to take this simple theme, and create from it a piece of work which is, without doubt, the most moving piece of literature I have ever read.
The writers's ability to create wide landscapes and deep emotions with such economy of language is staggering; put simply, once read this book will never be forgotten.
Whether you've read Kotzwinkle before or not, make sure you read Swimmer in the Secret Sea; it is Kotzwinkle at his very finest.
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Such a sad tragic little book. You should never pin your hopes on anything, it can all disappear in a blink. Life is such a fragile thing.
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By John Mackenna on 20 Nov. 2012
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This is a beautifully underwritten story - as all good short-stories and novellas should be. It's spare, moving, atmospheric and absolutely real. Read this book!
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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
to read and re-read 13 Sept. 2002
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Format: Paperback
It must be 20 years ago that I first happened on this uncommonly good book and I still remember it vividly, and recommend it frequently. The simplest of stories: a much-awaited first child, a stillbirth, and the aftermath for the young parents, but the telling--poetic, haunting, near-perfect, one of the finest modern novellas of loss, grief and transcendance. Buy two--you'll want to give one to a friend.
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Heartbreaking in its brevity 1 April 2005
By J. Fercho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This tiny novella is a powerfully gut-wrenching story that honestly portrays the sorrow of stillbirth without any sugar coating. Worth seeking out by all but expectant parents (the subject matter would just be too painful to read).
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Found at last 28 Nov. 2009
By NKT - Published on Amazon.com
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Finding this book was like coming across an old friend. I read the short story in Redbook as a young mother in 1975 or thereabouts and never forgot it. On impulse, I Googled 'Swimmer In the Secret Sea' and learned that it had been expanded into a book. I love this story. Someone might hear of the subject matter and think that it was a depressing story but they would be wrong. It's full of love and acceptance of all that life has to offer; both painful and joyful. Sometimes in the same moment.
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The lonely ocean of Mr. Kotzwinkle... 27 Jun. 2000
By Darrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This beautiful book is a lasting testament to the failed pregnancy of a simple and poetic couple. A thin book, but as profound as it is brief. It's the kind of book that makes you want to force it into a friend's hand and watch his/her face as they silently read it. I can't imagine a more moving account or a more glistening example of bravery than this.
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heartbreakingly beautiful 8 Aug. 2010
By Timothy J. Bazzett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A very short but tender and sensitive look at a pair of young artists, deeply in love, whose baby dies at birth. I first read this book when it was new, in 1975, and recently found it in a box and read it again. While the subject may be heartbreakingly sad, its treatment is starkly realistic and exquisitely executed. In less than a hundred short pages, Kotzwinkle gives you much to think about - love, death, and the brevity of human life in the overall scheme of things. - Tim Bazzett, author of PINHEAD: A LOVE STORY
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