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
About the Author
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.