A ferociously original novel, sparkling with wit and
blazing with emotion, from a gifted new novelist.
A spectacular debut about the rise of an Olympic champion—a
novel about competition, obsession, the hunger for victory, and a young girl
with an unsinkable spirit struggling to stay afloat in the only way she can.
When we first meet Pip, the extraordinary heroine of Nicola
Keegan’s first novel, she is landlocked in a small town in the center of
Kansas, literally swimming for her life. Pip is tall and flat and smart and
funny and supernaturally buoyant. On land, she has her share of troubles: an
agoraphobic mother, a lost father, a drug-addled sister, and a Catholic
education dominated by a group of high-energy nuns. But in the water, Pip is
unstoppable. In the water, her suffering and rage are transmuted into grace and
speed and beauty.
Swimming is the story of Pip’s journey from a small
Midwestern swim team to her first state meet, her brutal professional training,
and the final, record-breaking swims that lead to her dizzying ascent to the Olympic
podium in Barcelona. It’s the story of a girl who discovers, in the loneliness
of adolescence, in the family tragedies that threaten to engulf her, the
resilience of the human spirit and the spectacular power of her own body. Download and start listening now!