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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: 562,915 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

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.


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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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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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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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