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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (467 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jessica Keener Narrator: Rachel Botchan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464045158
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Night Swim, the gripping debut novel from Jessica Keener, was heralded as the “arrival of a strong, distinct and fully evolved new voice” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan. In 1970s Boston, the glossy veneer of 16-year-old Sarah Kunitz’s wealthy family is starting to show cracks. Her parents’ constant fighting and her mother’s prescription pill abuse drive Sarah into two romantic relationships with unforeseen consequences. With grief fresh in her heart, Sarah wonders if she or her family will ever love again. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This earnest debut centers on Sarah as she tunnels through new depths of loneliness...moving.”

    New York Times

  • “Keener’s observations perfectly capture a certain kind of 1970s adolescence.”

    Boston Globe

  • “This memorable debut will strike a universal chord with readers.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Maynard | 2/17/2014

    " The characters were so full of angst and low on motivation that it was hard to like them. The ending was so abrupt that I checked to make sure I was really at the end of the iBook. To give the author credit, her writing alone made this book worth the time it took to read it. She has a great turn of phrase and never dumbs down her prose for the reader. I will read her next book on that basis alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Keener | 2/17/2014

    " Thanks to these wonderful writers for their endorsement of Night Swim: Jennifer Egan, Sara Gruen, Jon Clinch, Dawn Tripp, Caroline Leavitt, Susan Henderson, Carolyn B. Bass, Patry Francis, Risa Miller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/3/2014

    " Well-written, but seemed to meander and then end abruptly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/28/2014

    " Beautifully written novel about a girl, her family and the loss of her dysfunctional mother. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Loretta Estabrooks | 1/20/2014

    " dysfunctional mother dies and teenage daughter faces a different life then she expects. don't know why I kept reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda (sessionswedding) | 1/15/2014

    " I really wish I could give this book 3.5 stars. I feel like it was better than a 3 but not good enough for a 4. Anyway, this is a coming-of-age story about a girl in the early 1970s whose mother dies in a car crash. As she tries to deal with her grief, she discovers things about herself that she never knew and eventually grows into a happy, healthy woman. It was an OK book, but it wasn't an awesome book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/15/2014

    " Very well written, interesting and real characters. Though this story is of a dysfunctional family, it is positive yet real and a very enjoyable read. This could be an award winner. Will look for more from this first time novelist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin Tuzuner | 1/9/2014

    " There's a difference between writing like a teenager and writing about one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline Leavitt | 1/6/2014

    " Adore this book. The writing is stellar, and the pages virtually ache. I can't wait to read more from this talented writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 12/16/2013

    " very good coming of age/high class/dysfunctional family read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gayle | 12/9/2013

    " This was an okay book. It kept me engaged but the overall story was nothing spectacular, new or surprising. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/2/2013

    " I'm surprised anyone would give this excellent story, an excerpt from or the inspiration for a novel, one star. It drew me in and gave me that sought-after taste of what comes next without defining exactly what that might be. Piquant indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Grace Walsh | 10/31/2013

    " A well written book. It could easily be a young girl's diary. The members of the family are people I've met. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa Cooper | 10/30/2013

    " Beautifully written and sad, but ultimately unsatisfying. Didn't hate it but I don't think it will stay with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 10/5/2013

    " Pretty much a coming of age story. It kept me interested but nothing spectacular. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy Wise | 8/27/2013

    " I found this book really hard to keep reading. Finally figured it out and then they were off with another character telling their story. Finally said enough is enough and quit reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/14/2013

    " About a family and relationships....16-year old coming of age and the struggles she has. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 6/22/2013

    " I read this after reading a review of it, but I found it a disappointing piece about a girl facing depression after her mother's untimely death. I've read much better YA literature, but it certainly has its strong points. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Risa Boyer | 6/6/2013

    " This was an awful book in so many ways I am really surprised it has 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 3/16/2013

    " Well written angst of a girl in a dysfunctional family "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Monahan | 2/9/2013

    " This is a well written story about a young girl and how she and her family cope with the loss of a parent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 9/22/2012

    " Maybe it was me....because this fell into the category of literary fiction, in my opinion. And I'm always left a bit empty at the end of most literary novels. The writing was well done, but it wasn't plot driven enough for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/12/2012

    " I really loved the continuing metaphor of water/swimming to illustrate life. I also thought the main character was very authentic, which was really refreshing considering many current novels with teenaged girl main characters are long on melodrama and short on the nuances of growth and feeling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 7/10/2012

    " Loved it! Beautiful coming of age story. "

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About the Author

Jessica Keener’s writing career was launched when her story “Recovery” won second prize in Redbook's fiction contest. Her work has since been recognized in The Pushcart Prize under “Outstanding Writers” and has appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the Huffington Post. She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Grant and was a finalist for Bread Loaf’s Bakeless Literary Prize. Her debut novel, Night Swim, has been widely praised by reviewers and book bloggers. Her feature articles have appeared in the Boston Globe; O, The Oprah Magazine, Coastal Living, Design New England, and other national publications.

About the Narrator

Rachel Botchan holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of the Pearl Theater Company in New York. She and her husband live in New York City.