Swimming Lessons

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by Claire Fuller

Quick take

Playing out the various scenarios is almost like a choose your own adventure story for mature adults.

Why I love it

I imagine that Chick Lit and RomComs are popular genres because they depict the idealized versions of how people think romance should be. We watch them for whatever the opposite of catharsis is '“ it’s all about the look, right there on the surface. Then there are the thrillers and dramas that we read for catharsis and... instruction, maybe? Like, it’s a bit of an emotional purge, but also more o...

Member thoughts

39% Love
48% Like
11% Dislike
  • Christina C.

    Leominster , MA

    "Great book about marriage and life. Makes you think about the things you must sacrifice for family and how difficult it can be. "

  • Sylvia M.

    Miami, FL

    "Swimming Lessons broke me out of a reading rut. Beautifully written, poignant, and impossible to put down. Still thinking about it days after finishing. Will read anything Claire Fuller writes."

  • Katie A.

    New Albany, OH

    "Loved this. Enjoyed the short chapters in which some made me laugh and some made me angry! The ending made me want a sequel! Really enjoyed this read overall and plan to buy more of the author's books"

  • Joy G.

    St. Amant, LA

    "I still think about this book. Great story!! "

  • Kate T.

    Hurst, TX

    "Loved it!"

  • Tiffany K.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    "How does a woman, a wife, a mother, caught in a life she didn't choose make a difficult decision? These letters reveal a journey of heart breaks, betrayal, sacrifice and strength. Loved it. "

  • Marilyn W.

    West New York, NJ

    "Beautifully written! I continue to be surprised by events in the story and by actions of the characters. I make assumptions and find I am completely wrong! Awaiting more from Claire Fuller! Bravo!"

  • Laura Y.

    Miami, FL

    "So heart breaking, but also has its moments of humor. The ending leaves you wondering, but it is a powerful story"

  • Janey B.

    Birmingham, AL

    "Great book, I will definitely read more by this author. "

  • Sarah D.

    Boston, MA

    "Loved the format of this book, and especially Ingrid's letters. I didn't really like Flora much, but really enjoyed the book. Weird that I took it as a feel-good book when it wasn't feel-good at all.."

  • Jackie F.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    "I really enjoyed this book! I love getting glimpses into the past that's you see how the book was put into play. "