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Family life in heartstopping, comic detail,
By A Customer
This review is from: Learning To Swim (Paperback)
Learning To Swim follows the history of blush-prone Abigail, focusing on her relationship with her best friend Frances and Frances' eccentric family. One of the most magnificnet things about the novel is its attention to the minor and harrowing details of family life and Chambers' unerring ability to make the novel's insights about love seem both obvious and amazing. As Abigail puts it, "It will take me some time to come to terms with the banality of my suffering," a sentiment so bleak and comic it's hard not to be moved. This is really a remarkable book: witty, sad and very smart.