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Swimming
Author: Enza Gandolfo

ISBN: 9780980350029
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1 July 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Description:
Set in the western suburbs of Melbourne and on the surf beaches of the Great Ocean Road, Swimming is a novel that negotiates primarily in close-ups, taking the reader into the world of the protagonist, Kate Wilks: a swimmer, a teacher and writer. This is a poignant, emotional and psychological journey of a woman confronting several unplanned changes in mid life - childlessness, sexual betrayal and the desire for creative fulfilment.

Kate is in her early sixties when the novel opens. Kate's days are divided between swimming, writing, and spending time with her lover George (a biker and journalist, almost fifteen years her junior) and with her friends, especially her best friend, Lynne, who has early onset Alzheimer's.

A chance encounter with her ex-husband Tom propels Kate back into a past cloaked in grief, in secrets and betrayals. From this point, the narrative shifts between Kate's present life, and her past life partly documented in an unfinished manuscript titled, 'Writing Sarah'. Written some twenty years ago, 'Writing Sarah', begins with Kate's struggles to have a child. It is an exploration of her emotional state during those years, of her relat...

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